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Victoria 1868 bronze Penny "bun" head type, Freeman dies 6+G

Victoria (1837-1901), bronze Penny, 1868, laureate "bun style" bust left, legend and toothed border surrounding, VICTORIA D: G: BRITT: REG: F: D:, rev. Britannia seated right with trident and shield, denomination in words surrounding, date in exergue, weight 9.54g (Fr.56, dies 6+G; S.3954). Dusky tone, a little uneven, otherwise with some lustre, good extremely fine.

The calendar year mintage for the 1868 Penny was 1,182,720 pieces which is actually less than the very rare year 1869 though of course some 1868 dated pennies may have been minted into 1869 when the calendar mintage was 2,580,480 pennies. The mintage figure for 1868 is actually the lowest of all the regular Tower Mint "bun" type pieces with only the 1871 issue being a close second. The only other lower figure published is the Heaton mint issues of 1875.

The abbreviated Latin legend on the obverse translates as "Victoria by the Grace of God, Queen of the Britains, Defender of the Faith."

Provenance:
Ex Noble Investments plc, purchased Winter 2005.

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