Great Britain 1853 penny

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Goldberg sale 78, lot 3222
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3222 in Goldberg sale 78 (Los Angeles, January 2014), where it sold for $199.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Penny, 1853. Ornamental trident. Victoria. A beautifully struck piece with lots of underlying original mint red. NGC graded Uncirculated, Details (Surface Hairlines)." This penny was struck 1841-60 and is common, tho the proofs are rare. It shares the same design with the farthing and half penny. The SCWC lists "ornamental" and "plain" trident varieties, with a slight premium awarded the latter.

Recorded mintage: 1,021,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: 18.8 g, copper.

Catalog reference: S.3948; KM-739.


  • 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Yifu Che and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg sale 78: the pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2014.

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