Great Britain 1957 3 pence

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 23090
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 23090 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $660. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 3 Pence, 1957. NGC PROOF-65. Struck in brass. A common coin that is RARE in proof. Deep bronze toning with hues of blue and purple. Clearly an example which sat for a prolonged period of time undisturbed." This type of 1954-70, was the last threepence issued prior to decimalization. It had no place in the decimal system, being worth 1¼ new pence, and was demonetized. The crowned portcullis (castle gate) featured on the reverse is one of the royal badges.

Recorded mintage: 24,294,000 plus proofs.

Specification: nickel brass.

Catalog reference: S-4153; KM-900.


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