Great Britain 1886 6 pence

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 24315
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24315 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $763.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Sixpence 1886, Young Head, MS66+ PCGS, fabulous quality, crisp portrait and bold reverse, lovely satiny surfaces blessed with light silvery golden blue iridescence. The so-called 3rd Portrait type is remarkable for its finely detailed bust of a queen who had aged long before this coin was minted. This coin is common in AU, is normally seen quite marked up, but is sometimes available up to MS64. Any higher quality is very difficult to locate. As a certified PCGS MS66+, this specimen has to be among the finest known. From The Kairos Collection." This sixpence, roughly equal to a dime, was struck 1838-87 and is common in all grades.

Recorded mintage: 2,728,000.

Specification: 2.82 g, .925 fine silver, .084 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: S-3912, KM 757.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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