Great Britain 1918-KN penny

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 24185
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24185 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $1,938.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V Penny 1918-KN, MS65 RB NGC, a great coin for this rare Kings Norton Metal Company date, the color fading brick orange-red but with no brown, the strike fairly sharp (some of the high-point details are the result of die-work, not striking impression), some abrasions but fewer than are normally seen on pennies of this reign, little specks of carbon on reverse but again far fewer than are normal. The important 'KN' mint mark is really bold, as is the date. SCBC value for UNC is £1,250 (just about $2,000 even), and this coin should be worth that price." The King's Norton 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.

Recorded mintage: 2,573,000 (including the Heaton mint production).

Specification: 9.45 g, bronze, 30.8 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S-4053, KM 810.


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