Great Britain 1867 6 pence

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 20973
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Heritage sale 3073, lot 31222
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The first specimen was lot 20973 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Sixpence 1867, Young Head, Die #1, MS66+ PCGS, another beauty having thick satiny luster, a sharp strike, and rich silvery gold iridescence. From The Kairos Collection." The second specimen was lot 31222 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $2,280. The catalog description[2] noted, "Victoria Proof 6 Pence 1867 PR65 PCGS. A very rare Proof of Record, slightly dappled iridescent golden blue toning with a dove-gray base, wonderful crisp details especially on the reverse, a handsome old-time piece that is seldom seen at all let alone in this rarified condition. From the Lake County Collection." This type was struck in large numbers 1867-87 yet circulated extensively. Few survive in high grade. Die numbers were added 1864-78. Researchers have offered various theories as to why tho it seems likely that mint officials wanted to analyze die life.

Recorded mintage: 1,362,000 plus proofs.

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

Catalog reference: KM 751.1, S-3910, ESC-1718A.


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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.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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