Great Britain 1917 penny

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Goldberg sale 91, lot 2944
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 2944 in Goldberg sale 91 (Los Angeles, June 2016), where it sold for $58.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Penny, 1917 Choice Unc. George V. Obverse portrait of King by Mackennal, Reverse, Britannia. Brilliant mint state with nearly full original mint red. Rare thus. Choice Uncirculated." This type was struck in large numbers 1911-26 and worn specimens fill dealer junk boxes. A slightly modified bust was used 1927-36.

Recorded mintage: 107,905,000.

Specification: 9.4 g, bronze, 31 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S.4051; KM-810.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 91: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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