Great Britain 1853 penny
This specimen was lot 3222 in Goldberg sale 78 (Los Angeles, January 2014), where it sold for $199.75. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Penny, 1853. Ornamental trident. Victoria. A beautifully struck piece with lots of underlying original mint red. NGC graded Uncirculated, Details (Surface Hairlines)." This penny was struck 1841-60 and is common, tho the proofs are rare. It shares the same design with the farthing and half penny. The SCWC lists "ornamental" and "plain" trident varieties, with a slight premium awarded the latter.
Recorded mintage: 1,021,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 18.8 g, copper.
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.
- 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Yifu Che and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg sale 78: the pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2014.