Great Britain 1851 penny

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1358
This specimen was lot 1358 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$453 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GROSSBRITANNIEN Victoria, 1837-1901. Penny 1851. Gutes vorzüglich. (Great Britain, Victoria (1837-1901), penny of 1851. Good extremely fine.)"
The copper pennies of Victoria were issued 1841-60 in fairly large quantities but are scarce compared to the massive issues of the smaller bronze pennies of 1860-94. The pure copper composition also caused the coins to wear more quickly than bronze, making high grade specimens even scarcer. Like the United States large cents of the same period, many varieties exist, avidly pursued by specialists. This is a slightly better date but choice specimens such as this always bring a premium.

Recorded mintage: 269,000.

Specification: copper; this specimen is 18.66 g.

Catalog reference: S. 3948, KM 739.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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