Great Britain 1864 penny

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 31170
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This specimen was lot 31170 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $5,170. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Penny 1864 MS65 Red and Brown PCGS, Royal mint, Plain '4' in date variety. Much original mint red remains in the obverse fields and flashy luster, even where the color has faded to brown, captivates the eye. Close inspection with a loupe confirms this piece as a full Gem, with no marks of visual significance and full definition that perfectly details Victoria's bun in the centers, as well as the dentils that circle the edges. The finest thus far graded by PCGS, and an absolute certainty to be highly coveted as a key rarity in the Victorian penny series." This "bun head" penny was struck 1860-74 in large numbers and worn specimens fill dealer junk boxes. Numerous varieties exist.

Recorded mintage: 3,441,000 (a rare date despite the mintage).

Specification: 9.4 g, bronze, 30.8 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 749.2, S-3954, Freeman-49 (R9).


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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