Great Britain 1852 1/4 farthing

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Heritage sale 440, lot 51136
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was part of lot 51136 in Heritage sale 440 (Long Beach, May 2007), which sold for $218.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Choice tiny Victorians: Quarter Farthing 1852, Choice Unc. with intriguing, beautiful reddish brown toning; Third Farthing 1885, S-3960, Choice golden red Unc., a beauty; Half Farthing 1844, S-3951, red and brown Unc." This type was struck 1839 and 1851-53 but it probably circulated in the colonies such as Malta and Guyana rather than in Britain proper. Its face value was 1/3840 of a sovereign. Today the type is not rare but brings a good price because of its popularity among collectors.

Recorded mintage: 2,215,000 for 1851-52.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S.3953, KM 737.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3004: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.

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