Great Britain 1918-H penny

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Goldberg sale 78, lot 3266
photo courtesy Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3266 in Goldberg sale 78 (Los Angeles, January 2014), where it sold for $1,145.62. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Penny, 1918-H. George V. Uncirculated with mint red. NGC graded MS-65 Brown." This type was struck in large numbers 1911-36. The Heaton mint was not a branch mint but a private company that normally produced coinage on contract for various British colonies. During 1918-19, it pitched in and minted copper coinage for Great Britain. The bust was modified in 1926 (KM 826) and again in 1928 (KM 838) to alleviate striking problems, including the "ghosting" visible on the reverse of this specimen.

Recorded mintage: 2,573,000 (including the King's Norton mint production).

Specification: 9.45 g, bronze, 30.8 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S.4052; KM-810.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Yifu Che and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg sale 78: the pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2014.

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