Great Britain 1730 farthing

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Goldberg sale 110, lot 2247
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This specimen was lot 2247 in Goldberg sale 110 (Los Angeles, June 2019), where it sold for $3,000. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Copper Proof Farthing, 1730. George II. Bronze finish. Obverse: Laureate bust of king left GEORGIVS II REX. Reverse: Britannia seated left. Edge plain. Beautiful near flawless mirror fields on this rare dark chocolate Proof. NGC graded Proof 66 Brown." The mint did not produce near enough small change for the industrial boom of the eighteenth century, leading to a proliferation of private tokens. The situation would not be rectified until the reform of 1817.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S.3720; KM-572.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Freeman, Michael J., The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain, Rev. Ed., London: Spink & Son, 2006.
  • Peck, C. Wilson, English Copper, Tin and Bronze Coins in the British Museum, 1558-1958, 2nd Ed., London: Oxford University Press, 1970.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 110: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2019.

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