Great Britain 1956 3 pence

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 24424
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24424 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $822.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Elizabeth II Proof brass Threepence 1956, PR66 NGC, a darkly toned glittering beauty. Very rare, a Proof of Record." This type was issued in large numbers 1954-70 but the proofs are rare. The crowned portcullis (castle gate) featured on the reverse is one of the royal badges.

Recorded mintage: 36,902,000 plus proofs.

Specification: nickel brass, 19.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S-4153, KM 900.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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