Jersey 1841 1/26 shilling
This specimen was lot 31635 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $223.25. The catalog description noted, "Victoria 1/26 Shilling 1841, MS63 Red Brown NGC. Delicate red coloration exists on both sides with a single mark on Victoria's face that likely prevented a higher grade. A popular first year of type issue." Jersey, one of the Channel Islands, has been a British dependency since Plantagenet times yet possesses a distinct coinage. Until 1877, it took thirteen pence to make a shilling instead of the usual twelve. Altho this coin was struck to the standard of a typical British half penny, it was theoretically worth less. In 1877, the system was adjusted to match mainland coinage yet copper issues continued to be denominated in fractions of a shilling rather than in pence. This type was struck sporadically 1841-1861. Enough were saved that it is not rare.
Recorded mintage: 233,000 plus a few proofs.
Catalog reference: KM 2.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Man & Lundy), Pre-Decimal Issues, 2nd edition, London: Spink & Son, 2003.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.