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DATE

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[BP]   BRONZE PENCE 1874 - 1901

GRADE 

Price ()


Some collectors have started collecting or recording variations in date widths. 

I do not consider the great majority of these variations as being of significant importance or rarity above the norm. 

Some, like the 1889 narrow date, do eventually achieve a rarity status and command a premium over the norm. 

Only time will tell which of the others do ! 

I shall list and scan some of the variations that pass through my hands.

1874 - 3 Obverse & 3 Reverse types

Either Royal or Heaton Mint (H below = Heaton)

Obv. J   Young head (Fabric rose - whole)
Obv. K   Older head (Fabric rose - half)
Obv. L   As Obv. K - but tie ribbons now very close together
For this date ONLY - to avoid confusion all date widths that are the same (ie. 10 teeth width will have an extra ref. letter 'a' added after the normal reference code) Ranging from 'a'  to 'g' depending on width -  as there are so many combinations ! 
Rev. j  Narrow date. - 10 teeth from 1 to 4 - Ref: a
Rev. j  Narrow date. - 10 teeth from 1 to 4 - Ref: b
Rev. g  - Date spacing noted - 11  teeth from 1 to 4 - Ref: c
Rev. g  - Date spacing noted - 11   teeth from 1 to 4 - Ref: d
Rev. g  - Date spacing noted - 12  teeth from 1 to 4 - Ref: e
Rev. g  - Date spacing noted - 13 teeth from 1 to 4 - Ref: g
Rev. g  Large date. Sea OVER linear circle
Rev. h  Large date. Sea up to linear circle
Rev. j   Small date
Rev. ja  New reverse (slight difference to Britannia's helmet)
BP 1874 Ae J + g   Out of

stock

BP 1874 Cc K + g Fair? 5.00
BP 1874 Db K + j  Fair 7.50
BP 1874 Hd J + gb  (Heaton mint)
Dark with overall pitting F-F+ 5.00
BP 1874 Ld K + gb  (Heaton mint) VF+ 65.00
BP 1874 Ld K + gb  (Heaton mint) Fair/? 4.00
BP 1874 Le K + gc  (Heaton mint) Fair/? 5.00
BP 1874 Md K + h  (Heaton mint)  Ext. rare (7th known)    
      * Picture left as reference sold 1 August 2007 VF+ SOLD
BP 1874 Nb K + j  (Heaton mint)
Obv. Few tiny pitting spots  VF-VF+ 28.00
BP 1874 Nb K + j  (Heaton mint) F 7.00
BP 1874 Nb K + j  (Heaton mint)   Fair/? 3.00
1875 - 3 Reverse types
Either Royal or Heaton Mint (H below = Heaton)
Rev. g   Large date. Sea OVER linear circle
Rev. ja   Small date. (See 1874)
Rev. k   Large date. Sea up to linear circle
BP 1875 B L + ja  EF? 45.00
BP 1875 B L + ja  Slight rim knock - 8 o'clock

Lightly polished in the past?

VF+ 25.00
BP 1875 B L + ja F-F+ 7.00
BP 1875 B L + ja  F 6.00
BP 1875 B L + ja Fair 3.50
BP 1875 C L + k  AU85 265.00
BP 1875 C L + k  AU85/75 235.00
BP 1875 C L + k  EF? 50.00
BP 1875 C L + k  VF+-EF? 45.00
BP 1875 Cf L + k  Rotated die 10 VF+ 42.50
BP 1875 C L + k  Very faint surface pitting EF? 40.00
BP 1875 C L + k   F+ 8.50
BP 1875 C L + k  F-F+ 7.50
BP 1875 C L + k  Some pitting on both sides VF 6.50
BP 1875 C L + k  F 6.00
BP 1875 C L + k  Dark - light overall pitting F+ 4.50
BP 1875 C L + k  Fair 4.00
BP 1875 H L + k  (Heaton mint)  Rare in this grade EF? 750.00
1876 - 2 Reverse types 
ONLY - Heaton Mint (H below = Heaton)
Rev. k   Large date  (Scarce)
Rev. m   Small date
BP 1876 H L + k  (Heaton mint)  Very rare in this grade
ex Laurie Bamford collection AU75 450.00
BP 1876 K L + m  (Heaton mint) EF?-EF 55.00
BP 1876 K L + m  (Heaton mint) EF? 45.00
BP 1876 K L + m  (Heaton mint) VF+ 35.00
BP 1876 K L + m     Obv. A bit claggy VF 15.00
BP 1876 K L + m     Obv. Some rim nicks VF 12.50
BP 1876 K L + m  (Heaton mint) F 7.50
BP 1876 K L + m  (Heaton mint) F? 5.00
BP 1876 K L + m  (Heaton mint) Fair 3.50
BP 1876 K L + m  (Heaton mint)      Slight kink by date F 3.25
BP 1876 K L + m  (Heaton mint)      Pitting F-F+ 3.00

1877 - 2 Reverse types (As 1874)

Rev. j   Small date   (Ext. RARE)
Rev. k   Large date
BP 1877 B L + k AU85 240.00
BP 1877 B L + k  A couple of tiny ex-carbons spots AU80/75 200.00
BP 1877 B L + k AU70-75 185.00
BP 1877 B L + k  A couple of tiny ex-carbons spots AU20-25 90.00
BP 1877 B L + k EF? 42.00
BP 1877 B L + k  Obv. Fine hairline scratch on cheek EF? 35.00
BP 1877 B L + k             Very dark tone EF? 33.00
BP 1877 B L + k  Obv. Tiny knock 11 o'clock VF+-EF? 30.00
BP 1877 B L + k VF-VF+ 24.00
BP 1877 B L + k  Couple of faint edge bruises VF-VF+ 17.50
BP 1877 B L + k F 5.00
BP 1877 B L + k       A bit claggy F+ 4.50
BP 1877 B L + k Fair 3.50
BP 1878 A EF-EF+ 135.00
BP 1878 A Fair? 4.50
BP 1878 A

Overall pitting

Fair 2.50

1879 - 2 Obverse & 2 Reverse types

Obv. L   Leaf vein is raised line
Obv. M   Leaf vein is 2 incuse lines
Rev. k   Large date  (minor varieties)
Rev. m   Small date
BP 1879 B M + k EF? 36.00
BP 1879 B M + k VF+-EF? 30.00
BP 1879 B M + k VF+ 25.00
BP 1879 B M + k VF-VF+ 22.50
BP 1879 B M + k F 5.00
BP 1879 B M + k Fair 3.50
BP 1879 B M + k   Rev. A bit of light pitting Fair 3.00
BP 1879 C M + m  Obv. Dig on neck Fair/?? 6.00
BP 1879 C M + m Clear date 3.00

1880 - 2 Reverse types

Rev. k   NO rock to left of lighthouse
Rev. n   Rocks to left of lighthouse
BP 1880 A M + k Fair/?? 2.50
BP 1880 B M + n  Fair? 3.50

1881 - 3 Obverse & 2 Reverse types

Obv. M   Ribbon points OUTWARDS
Obv. N   Ribbon points DOWN. 'D' of D:G: to gap
Obv. P   Ribbon points DOWN. 'D' of D:G: to tooth
Rev. k   Plain shield
Rev. p   Heraldically coloured shield
BP 1881 A M + k   Rev. Hair-line scratch from 'P' of PENNY to knee EF+ 225.00
BP 1881 H P + p  (Heaton mint) EF? 60.00
BP 1881 H P + p  (Heaton mint) F/F+ 9.50
BP 1881 H P + p  (Heaton mint)

Obv. Small dig on neck - lightly polished 

VF? 6.50
BP 1881 H P + p  (Heaton mint) F/Fair 6.00
BP 1881 H P + p  (Heaton mint) Fair 4.50
BP 1881 H P + p  (Heaton mint)  Rev. Slight pitting Fair 4.00

1882 - 2 Obverse & 2 Reverse types

Obv. P   'R' & 'I' of BRITT - not joined
Obv. R   'R' & 'I' of BRITT - joined
Rev. p   Heraldic shield - CONVEX
Rev. r   Heraldic shield - FLAT
Date: Varieties of 1882 over 1
BP 1882 N R + r  (Heaton mint)  The H is slightly double struck AU5-10 100.00
BP 1882 N R + r  (Heaton mint)  Slight weak on cheek EF10/15 95.00
BP 1882 N R + r  (Heaton mint) 
Rev. Small nick on rim by H at date
& scratch on right side of 2nd '8' EF?/EF 30.00
BP 1882 N R + r  (Heaton mint) 
Scuffing on both side - more on rev.  EF?/EF 25.00
BP 1882 N R + r  (Heaton mint)  A bit claggy VF?/VF 9.50
BP 1882 N R + r  (Heaton mint)  Dark ! VF?/VF 8.50
BP 1882 N R + r  (Heaton mint)  F 5.00
BP 1882 N R + r  (Heaton mint)  Fair/F 3.00

1883 - 2 Obverse types as (1882)

Except that all the coins are from Royal Mint

BP 1883 A P + r   Claggy and pitted Fair/F+ 3.00
BP 1883 B R + r    Fair? 3.00
BP 1884 A F/F+ 6.00
BP 1884 A

A bit claggy or pitted

F/F+ 3.50
BP 1885 A F/F+ 6.00
BP 1885 A Fair 3.00
An 1886 penny - Reverse with Britannia's
elaborate breast plate missing ! 

due to die wear

BP 1886 A F/F+ 4.50
BP 1886 A Fair 3.00
BP 1887 A AU8/90 140.00
BP 1887 A AU85 135.00
BP 1887 A AU80 130.00
BP 1887 A AU70-75 120.00
BP 1887 A AU50/35 75.00
BP 1887 A

Part pale gold metal mix - rather than lustre 

AU40/20 50.00
BP 1887 A

EF but with lustre still in legend

EF5 40.00
BP 1887 A

Very pleasant deep dark tone

EF+ 38.50
BP 1887 A EF-EF+ 35.00
BP 1887 A

Dark tone - fine surface pitting

EF? 20.00
BP 1887 A F+/VF? 7.50
BP 1887 A F 5.00
BP 1887 A Fair 3.00

1888 - 2 minor obverse variations

Type A   Lettering in legend not broken
Type B   Top left serif's of I's of VICTORIA missing
BP 1888 A Type A Fair 3.00
BP 1888 B Type B AU15/45 135.00

1889 - 2 Obverse types & 2 minor date variations

Obv. R   15 leaves in wreath
Obv. S   14 leaves in wreath
Date: Type (A) - Normal width (15 teeth)
Date: Type (B) - Narrow width (14 teeth)
Date: Type (C) - Wider width (16 - 17 teeth) New !!

The (A), (B) or (C) for 1889 = date type

BP 1889 A R + r  Date: (A)  AU25/5 100.00
BP 1889 A R + r  Date:(A)                  Slight wear EF15 75.00
BP 1889 A R + r  Date: (A)  VF 18.00
BP 1889 C S + r Date: (A) AU80/75 165.00
BP 1889 C S + r Date: (A) AU65/75 140.00
BP 1889 C S + r Date: (A)  Slight ex-carbon spots EF 45.00
BP 1889 C S + r Date: (A)
Obv. Hairline scratch across bust VF+/EF? 20.00
BP 1889 C S + r Date: (A) VF/VF+ 17.50
BP 1889 C S + r Date: (A) F+/VF? 7.50
BP 1889 C S + r Date: (A) F-F+ 5.00
BP 1889 (Obverse type not clear) Date: (A) F/F+ 4.00
BP 1889 C S + r Date: (A) Dark stains both sides +

A few pit marks

VF/VF+ 3.00
BP 1890 A AU45-50 95.00
BP 1890 A AU10/50 75.00
BP 1890 A

Obv. Slight wear     Rev. AU20-25

EF10/20 48.00
BP 1890 A AU0/10 45.00
BP 1890 A Rev. Slight pitting at left VF-VF+ 10.00
BP 1890 A VF?/VF 6.00
BP 1890 A F/F+ 3.50
BP 1890 A Rev. Slight pitting  - Dark VF? 3.00

1891 - 2 Date types

1891:  Date A - Normal width (15 teeth)
1891:  Date B - Wider width  (15 1/2 teeth)
BP 1891 A AU85-90 150.00
BP 1891 A AU85/75 130.00
BP 1891 A AU65-70 100.00
BP 1891 A AU60 90.00
BP 1891 A Obv. Very slight finger mark at left AU70/75 85.00
BP 1891 A

Choice even tone to a lovely pale brown

AU10-20 60.00
BP 1891 A

Choice even tone to a lovely pale brown

AU10 55.00
BP 1891 A

Trace of lustre in legend

AU5 48.00
BP 1891 A

Obv. Natural indent on neck  Lustre in legend

EF+-AU 38.00
BP 1891 A Obv. A couple of hairline scratches
Rev. Slight metal flaw below EN of PENNY AU5 36.00
BP 1891 A EF?/EF 25.00
BP 1891 A VF+ 12.00
BP 1891 A F+/VF? 5.00
BP 1891 A F/F+ 3.50

1892 - 2 Date types

1892: Date A - Normal width (9 1/2 teeth) I to tail of 9
1892: Date B - Narrower width (8 1/2 teeth) I to tail of 9
1392

1892 penny altered to 1392

Not sure where to list this unusual penny !

BP 1892 A AU70 90.00
BP 1892 A Rev. A couple of dark spots AU70/60 85.00
BP 1892 A AU45/70 80.00
BP 1892 A Obv. Slight wear on cheek EF15 48.00
BP 1892 A F+ 4.50
BP 1892 A Rev. A bit claggy F+/VF? 4.00
BP 1892 A F/F+ 3.50
BP 1892 A Fair-/F 3.00
BP 1893 A Fields are very slightly prooflike  AU65 90.00
BP 1893 A F+-VF? 4.50
BP 1893 A F/F+ 3.50
BP 1893 A Fair/F 3.00
BP 1894 A

Traces of lustre

AU-AU5 80.00
BP 1894 A Obv. Traces of lustre in legend EF/AU10 73.50
BP 1894 A Rev. Hint of lustre  EF+ 65.00

1895 - 2 Reverse types

Rev. v   Trident 2mm from 'P'
Rev. w   Trident 1mm from 'P'
BP 1895 A V + v Fair 8.00
BP

1895

A V + v   Rev. Just the base of E of PENNY - unclear Fair/? 6.50
BP

1895

A V + v   Rev. Slight edge bruise 12 o'clock Fair/? 6.00
BP 1895 B V + w AU80-85 45.00
BP 1895 B V + w AU75-80 40.00
BP 1895 B V + w  Obv. Small dark tone mark ON FID AU80/85 37.50
BP 1895 B V + w AU65/75 35.00
BP 1895 B V + w AU50 30.00

1896 - 2 minor date variations

Date: Type A - Normal (Centre of 6 over tooth - 10 teeth)
Date: Type B - Wider (Centre of 6 over gap 10 teeth)
Date: Type C - Even Wider (Centre of 6 over tooth - 11 teeth)
BP 1896 A Date: Type A EF 10.00
BP 1896 A Date: Type A EF? 8.00
BP 1896 A Date: Type A VF+-EF? 6.50
BP 1896 A Date: Type A VF 3.00

1897 - 2 Reverse types

Rev. w   Low sea.  P of Penny to tooth
Date: Type A - equidistant numerals
Date: Type B - slightly wider gap between 9 & 7
Rev. x   High sea. P of Penny to gap  - Rare
BP 1897 A V + w  Date: Type A AU75/80 36.50
BP 1897 A V + w  Date: Type A AU70 32.00
BP 1897 A V + w  Date: Type A
Obv. Slight wear on cheek - but with lustre EF40/5 15.00
BP 1897 Aa V + w  Date: Type B AU70-75 50.00
BP 1897 Aa V + w  Date: Type B F+/VF 4.00

1898 - 2 date variations

Date: Type A - last 8 over a gap
Date: Type B - last 8 over a tooth - different 8 !  NEW !!
BP 1898 A Date: Type A Out of stock

1899 - 2 minor date variations

Date: Type A - Tail of 'last' 9 over tooth
Date: Type B - Tail of 'last' 9 over gap  (Slightly wider)

In between widths also seen !

BP 1899 A Date: Type A AU75-80 40.00
BP 1899 A Date: Type A   Rev. Slightly prooflike AU65 36.50
BP 1900 A AU85/75 32.50
BP 1900 A AU80/70 28.00
BP 1900 A

Traces of lustre

EF 12.00
BP 1900 A EF? 7.50
BP 1900 A Obv. Small edge bruise 6 o'clock EF? 6.00
BP 1900 A VF+ 4.50
BP 1900 A VF 3.00
BP 1901 A AU85 20.00
BP 1901 A Obv. Toning at right side AU75/90 17.50
BP 1901 A AU70-80 15.00
BP 1901 A

Uneven lustre

AU80/70 12.50
BP 1901 A AU50/80 11.50
BP 1901 A AU40-50 10.00
BP 1901 A AU25-35 8.50
BP 1901 A AU50/5 7.00
BP 1901 A EF+ 6.00
BP 1901 A EF 5.00
BP 1901 A EF? 4.00
BP 1901 A VF+ 3.00

1874 - 1901 PENCE below 2.50 see BUDGET pence 

 

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