Great Britain 1880 half penny

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Goldberg sale 110, lot 2378
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This specimen was lot 2378 in Goldberg sale 110 (Los Angeles, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Halfpenny, 1880. Victor[ia]. Obverse: Wyon's young 'bun head' portrait of queen. Reverse: Britannia. Uncirculated with much mint red. Rare. NGC graded MS-64 Red & Brown." This type was struck 1860-94. It superseded the larger copper half penny heretofore issued. This is a fairly common date.

Recorded mintage: 2,423,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 5.7 g, copper.

Catalog reference: S.3956; KM-754.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 110: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2019.

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