Great Britain 1854 half penny

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Goldberg sale 84, lot 4281
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This specimen was lot 4281 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $317.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Halfpenny, 1854. Victoria. Choice original example with much mint red. NGC graded MS-65 Red & Brown." This half penny was struck 1838-60 and is common, tho the proofs are rare. It shares the same design with the farthing and penny.

Recorded mintage: 12,257,000, a common date.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S.3949; KM-726.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.

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