Great Britain 1855 penny

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Goldberg sale 93, lot 2172
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This specimen was lot 2172 in Goldberg sale 93 (Los Angeles, September 2016), where it sold for $246.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Penny, 1855 PCGS MS64 BR. Victoria. Plain trident. A choice example with lovely mint bloom. PCGS graded MS-64 Brown." 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: 5,274,000.

Specification: 18.8 g, copper.

Catalog reference: S.3948; KM-739.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 93: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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