Great Britain 1860 penny

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Heritage sale 3032, lot 25052
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25052 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Proof Penny 1860, PR65 Brown PCGS. A gorgeous Gem, infrequently encounter[ed] in the proof format, with full reflectivity in the fields and a stunning mixture of purple and blue iridescence in the fields. Extremely rare this nice and easily a candidate for finest known." This "bun head" penny was struck 1860-74 in large numbers and worn specimens fill dealer junk boxes. Numerous varieties exist.

Recorded mintage: 5,053,000 plus 32,000 of the young head type.

Specification: 9.4 g, bronze, 31 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 749.2, S-3954, Freeman-12 (R17).


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  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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