Great Britain 1888 4 pence

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Goldberg sale 84, lot 4327
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This specimen was lot 4327 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $199.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Groat, 1888. Victoria. Groat or currency Four Pence, A stunning example of this unusual denomination which was produced for only a few decades in the 19th century." The groat, a descendant of the medieval grosso or groschen or gros, sat uneasily between the silver threepence and silver sixpence. It was minted for circulation in British Guiana 1838-55 and this one year type in 1888, after which circulation issues ceased. It is still included in the Maundy sets but a different reverse is used.

Recorded mintage: 120,000.

Specification: 1.88 g, .925 silver.

Catalog reference: S.3930; KM-772.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.

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