Great Britain 1893 3 pence

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 25026
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25026 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $805. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Proof Sixpence 1893, Old or Veiled Head, PR66 NGC, Gem Proof, deep proof impression producing superb sharpness of detail, mottled but lovely, rich iridescent gray toning, an utterly charming example." This bust of the queen was used from 1893 until her death in 1901. The type is common. The 1893 Jubilee head threepence is scarce.

Recorded mintage: 3,076,000 (including the Jubilee head) plus 8,976 for the Maundy sets plus 1,312 proofs.

Specification: 1.41 g, .925 fine silver, .042 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 777, KM-MDS149 (set).


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