Great Britain 1875 half penny

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Goldberg sale 80, lot 4106
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This specimen was lot 4106 in Goldberg sale 80 (Los Angeles, June 2014), where it sold for $199.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Halfpenny, 1875. Victoria. Traces of mint red. NGC graded MS-63 Brown." In 1860, the copper half penny was superseded by a smaller bronze half penny.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 also struck this type 1874-76 and 1881-82.

Recorded mintage: 5,431,000.

Specification: 5.4 g, bronze.

Catalog reference: S-3956; KM-754.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Frank Draskovic and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 80: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.

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