Great Britain 1880 penny

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Heritage sale 3032, lot 25061
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25061 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $7,637.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "An Unfathomable Proof Penny of Victoria 1880, PR67 Red and Brown PCGS. The most dramatically appealing Proof Victorian cent this cataloger has ever seen, and unquestionably among the finest Victorian pennies of any date extant. A deeply mirrored proof, the surfaces are bathed in vibrant hues with magenta-violet and navy-blue color traversing both sides and underlying original copper only serving to add further contrast. No flaws of any kind are apparent and while the grade technically suggests otherwise, we don't hesitate to label this piece 'fully pristine'. A wonderfully sublime masterpiece!" This "bun head" penny was struck 1874-94 in large numbers and worn specimens fill dealer junk boxes. Numerous varieties exist.

Recorded mintage: 3,001,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 9.4 g, bronze, 31 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 755, S-3954, Freeman 100 (R19).


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