Great Britain 1852 half penny

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Goldberg sale 91, lot 2820
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This type was struck 1838-60 and is the first type for Queen Victoria (r. 1837-1901). It is not rare but a challenge to find in nice condition, especially as the pure copper composition wore rapidly in circulation. This specimen was lot 2820 in Goldberg sale 91 (Los Angeles, June 2016), where it sold for $141. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Halfpenny, 1852 NGC MS64 BR. Victoria. Uncirculated with a little original red. NGC graded MS-64 Brown."

Recorded mintage: 637,000, a better date.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S.3949; KM-726.


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  • 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.
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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 91: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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