Great Britain 1852 farthing

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Goldberg sale 91, lot 2821
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This type was struck 1838-60 and is the first type for Queen Victoria (r. 1837-1901). It is not rare but a challenge to find in nice condition, especially as the pure copper composition wore rapidly in circulation. This specimen was lot 2821 in Goldberg sale 91 (Los Angeles, June 2016), where it sold for $282. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Farthing, 1852 NGC MS63 BR. Victoria. Glossy surfaces. Rarer date. NGC graded MS-63 Brown."

Recorded mintage: 823,000, a better date.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S-3950; KM 725.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 91: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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