Great Britain 1964 half penny

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 NYINC sale, lot 40376
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This specimen was lot 40376 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $1,020. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Penny, 1964. NGC PROOF-66 BN. Perfectly struck and gleaming in the fields with significant faded mint red present on the reverse and attractive blue and mauve patina contributing significantly to the overall appearance on the obverse. VERY RARE in this presentation or 'VIP' quality and rather notable as the only example to have been certified by NGC or PCGS to date." This type, struck 1954-67 and 1970, is very common except in proof. It had no place after the decimalization of 1968 and was demonetized.

Recorded mintage: 78,583,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 5.6 g, bronze, 25.4 mm diameter, designed by Mary Gillick and George Krueger-Gray.

Catalog reference: S-4158; KM-896.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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