Penny 1864 Crosslet 4 Peck 1664 with 239/136 scratched in the obverse field, toned UNC with traces of lustre and a few small spots. The numbers were scratched into the field during the mastership of Professor Thomas Graham (1855-1869) have been shown by G.P.Dyer to represent overall output in tons of bronze coin minted since 1860 (the higher figure) and output in tons of that particular denomination since 1860 (the lower figure) This is not the example pictured in Michael Gouby's 'The British Bronze Penny' - Specialised Edition (Page 49) but displays a superb sharp strike. A highly desirable piece of Victorian bronze coinage history, as stated by Gouby there are only 2 examples known, this, Ex-D.W.Grey 20/10/1971, Lot 111, Ex-Seaby Bulletin, September 1974, item K162, Ex-Sotheby Auction 9/10/1979 Lot 257, Ex-Michael Freeman, and one other, the other example illustrated in Gouby's book being the Ex-Norweb, Ex-A.H.F.Baldwin example, described by Spink as 'Extremely Fine and attractively patinated'. A total of 34 'scratched field' bronze coins are recorded of all dates and denominations, made up of 20 Pennies, 7 Halfpennies and 7 Farthings. Of the 20 Pennies, 12 are known to be in the British Museum Collection, this being one of the remaining 8 available to commerce. An extremely rare opportunity to bid on a piece of Victorian numismatic history. We note a standard currency 1864 Crosslet 4 Penny in UNC sold in our March 2014 auction (Lot 1844) for £3978 inclusive of buyers premium.
Halfpenny 1862 Die Letter C Freeman 288A dies 7+F Extremely rare, one of the key rarities in the Victorian bronze Halfpenny series, we note there was no example in the Norweb or Andrew Wayne collections, Fine, the Die Letter bold and clear
Auction Catalogues (6) The Norweb Collection of Early American and US Coins (Parts 1-3) 1987-1988 Good Condition, The Norweb Collection of Canadian Coins and Banknotes with other foreign coins 1985, The Norweb Collection of Mexican and Central American Coins 1985, The Norweb Collection of Mexican and South American Coins 1985 all in good condition
Halfpenny 1862 Die Letter C Freeman 288A dies 7+F VG the obverse with an uneven dark tone in places, nevertheless very rare and seldom offered, we note there was no example in the Norweb, or Andrew Wayne collections, Ex-M.Peake £30
Halfpenny 1876H Freeman 328 dies 14+K* EF with some pale lustre and a spot to the right of the date, Very Rare and rated R15 by Freeman, we note there was no example in the Nicholson, Norweb or Andrew Wayne collections, purchased at Charing Cross Market £16
Halfpenny 1874H Freeman 320 dies 10+J struck on a 2mm thick flan, weighs 7.97 grammes, rated R20 by Freeman, graded CGS 60, Ex-London Coins Auction A132 March 2011 Lot 1409 realised £1,500, Ex-Nicholson Lot 441, Ex-Norweb, Spink Coin Auction 59 17/6/1987 Lot 1803, Ex-V.M.Brand (Chicago), many copper coins bought by Mrs Norweb, Ex-H.D.Davis (London), (see Peck page 567), collection purchased by Baldwins circa 1955, Ex-Stanley Bousfield, Sothebys, 19/12/1911 Lot 453, Ex-J.G.Murdoch, Part 3, 15/3/1904, Lot 659 (part) the only known example and probably unique, an important piece in the series as this impressive provenance shows
Guinea 1791 Pattern in White Metal by C.H.Kuchler Montagu 808, ICG PR63, Ex-Selig Part II 2/3/1999 Lot 1201, Ex-NorwebSpink Auction no.48 13/11/1985, Ex-V.M.BrandCollection dispersed c.1932, the notes in the Norweb catalogue state that the striated truncation marked with three dots are indicative of a restrike
Halfpenny 1861 ProofFreeman 285 dies 7+G, weight 6.81 grammes EF with some tone spots in the fields. Rated R18 by Freeman, Very Rare, Cataloguers Note: Listed as a Proof by Freeman, examination of this piece and a recent examination of the Ex-Norweb piece (weight 6.87 grammes) confirm that they were struck from 7+G currency dies
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