Great Britain 1854 penny

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1344
GB 1854 penny rev JElsen 121-1344.jpg
This specimen was lot 1344 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €150 (about US$240 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GRANDE-BRETAGNE, Victoria (1837-1901), Cu penny, 1854, Superbe à Fleur de Coin. (Great Britain, Victoria (1837-1901), copper penny of 1854, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
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: 6,559,000.

Specification: 18.8 g, copper.

Catalog reference: S.3948; KM-739.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 121, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2014.

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