Great Britain 1939 penny

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Stack's Bowers 2014 ANA sale, lot 1076
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This specimen was lot 1076 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Penny, 1939. PCGS PROOF-64 BN Secure Holder. Toning over flashing brilliant surfaces. Pedigree: From the Kevin Tierney Collection." This type was issued in large numbers 1937-48 but the proofs are rare. The type of 1949-52 deleted "IND IMP" from the king's title after India obtained her independence.

Recorded mintage: 55,560,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 9.4 g, bronze, 31 mm diameter, designed by George Krueger-Gray.

Catalog reference: S-4114; KM-845; Freeman-225.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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