Great Britain 1893 4 pence
This specimen was lot 25026 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $805. The catalog description noted, "Victoria Proof Sixpence 1893, Old or Veiled Head, PR66 NGC, Gem Proof, deep proof impression producing superb sharpness of detail, mottled but lovely, rich iridescent gray toning, an utterly charming example." This bust of the queen was used from 1893 until her death in 1901. The type is common, having been saved in the Maundy sets. The silver groat was last struck for circulation in the 1850's.
Recorded mintage: 11,000.
Specification: 1.88 g, .925 fine silver, .056 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 778, KM-MDS149 (set).
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