Great Britain 1937 farthing

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21235
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This specimen was lot 21235 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $747.50. The catalog description[1] noted,
"George VI Matte Proof Farthing 1937, Wren design, Matte PF64 RB NGC, an important rarity, unlisted in Matte form in Spink, whereas that veritable reference does list the silver Mattes. First appearance in one of our auctions. Surfaces are nearly as struck, slight verdigris here and there, color a russet brown; texture of the proofing process is a finely granular look as imparted by the dies, which it is believed were sand-blasted regular proof dies as used for the brilliant strikes, most likely at the very end of production or possibly post 1937 as an experiment. It is well known that the Royal Mint tried various times from 1902 through the 1950s to produce Matte Proofs, the results never popular with UK collectors. Their finest moment came initially, as the quality of the standard 1902 Matte Proof coins was never bettered. This is a major modern rarity. Our estimate is a sheer guess and should be exceeded if even two collectors recognize the importance of this lot."
This type was struck 1937-48 in substantial quantities and all dates are common tho proofs are rare. The farthing was terminated in 1956.

Recorded mintage: 8,131,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: 2.28 g, bronze, 20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S.4116, KM 843.


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  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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