Great Britain 1875-H half penny

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Goldberg sale 98, lot 3018
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This specimen was lot 3018 in Goldberg sale 98 (Los Angeles, June 2017), where it sold for $1,528. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Halfpenny, 1875-H. Victoria. Trace of mint red. Rare. NGC graded Proof 66 Brown. WINGS." In 1860, the copper half penny was superseded by a smaller bronze half penny. To mark the change, the young bust was dropped in favor of the "bun head." This type was struck until 1895. farthings and pennies were similarly modified. The Heaton mint struck this type 1874-76 and 1881-82.

Recorded mintage: 1,254,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 5.4 g, bronze.

Catalog reference: S.3957; KM-754.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 98: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.

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