Great Britain 1853 4 pence KM-731.1

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 31221
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31221 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $1,320. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Proof 4 Pence 1853 PR65 NGC, KM731.1 (unlisted in Proof). Reeded edge. An incredibly scarce year in this Proof format, deeply patinated beneath a layer of steel gray color composed largely of russet gold with flints of lapis lazuli. Tied for the finest of the date graded by NGC, with only a single example in the series certified higher. Ex. Eric P. Newman Collection. From the Lake County Collection." This fourpence or groat was struck for circulation in Great Britain and British Guiana 1838-55. Numerous overdates exist. The Maundy fourpence used the same obverse but a different reverse and was struck 1838-87.

Recorded mintage: 12,000 plus proofs, a key date.

Specification: 1.89 g, .925 fine silver, .056 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 731.1, ESC-1937.


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