Great Britain 1841 penny

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UBS sale 84, lot 966
This specimen is lot 966 in UBS sale 84 (Basel, January 2010). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GROSSBRITANNIEN. Victoria, 1837-1901. Penny 1841. Fast FDC. (Great Britain, Victoria, 1837-1901, penny of 1841, nice Uncirculated)."
The copper pennies of Victoria were issued 1841-60 in fairly large quantities but are scarce compared to the massive issues of the smaller bronze pennies of 1860-94. The pure copper composition also caused the coins to wear more quickly than bronze, making high grade specimens even scarcer. Like the United States large cents of the same period, many varieties exist, avidly pursued by specialists.

Recorded mintage: 914,000.

Specification: 18.8 g, copper, 34 mm diameter, plain edge, medal rotation, this specimen: 18.84 grams.

Catalog reference: S. 3948, KM 739.


  • [1]UBS Gold & Numismatics, Auction 84: Gold and Silver Coins, Basel, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • 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.

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