Great Britain 1858 6 pence

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 20967
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20967 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Sixpence 1858, Young Head, MS68 PCGS, a magnificent coin, fully struck from clashed dies, with spectacular satiny cartwheel luster, and 'wonder toning' -- a perfect blend of golden blue iridescence. Virtual perfection, and the coin against which all others should be compared. From The Kairos Collection." This type was struck 1838-66 in large quantities with a slightly modified obverse continuing until 1887. A rare 1858/56 overdate is reported for the year.

Recorded mintage: 1,932,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 2.82 g (not 3.01 g as reported in the SCWC), .925 fine silver, 19.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S-3908, KM 733.1.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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