Great Britain 1864 6 pence

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Goldberg sale 67, lot 4258
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4258 in Goldberg sale 67 (Los Angeles, January 2012), where it sold for $253. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Sixpence, 1864. Die number 40. Victoria. Young head. Bright mint fresh luster. NGC graded MS-64." This type was struck in large numbers 1838-66 yet circulated extensively. Few survive in high grade. Die numbers were added 1864-66. Researchers have offered various theories as to why tho it seems likely that mint officials wanted to analyze die life.

Recorded mintage: 4,253,000.

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

Catalog reference: S.3909; KM-733.2.


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  • 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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey, Paul Rynearson and Jason Bradford, Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient & World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2011.

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