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   The British Bronze Penny (Victoria) 1860 to 1901

Published: December 2009

Over the last five years I have been working to replace my earlier book - The British Bronze Penny  1860 – 1970 (1986). Many new varieties have been found and prices of the Victorian bronze pennies have increased quite considerably.  Originally I considered updating my original book but so much needed changing and none of the smaller printers had the equipment to punch 15 holes! It therefore seemed appropriate to rework the book completely. I decided that the format should be smaller - A5 size  so it would be easier to carry around. A ring binder is used to hold the pages but this time with standard 6 holes. The pictures are now all in colour. The main obverse and reverse pictures are approximately 3 inches or 76 mm in size and are still shown on split pages (each page half this size) so that obverses and reverses can still be matched up.

This time, however, I have concentrated on The Victorian Bronze series of 1860 to 1901 as that is the area that most new varieties have been found. It is also the period that has seen some spectacular price rises in the last 5 years.

The Specialised edition has - 

4 ‘new’ obverse and 3 ‘new’ reverse dies have also been added plus a large number of new varieties with 338 pictures.

 

   

1860  N over N sideways (Z)

1861  Date: 6 over 8  

      

  

  

Date width with markers

Normal 3

Open 3

Slim 3

    

These are some of the varieties listed:

1860 – N over N sideways (Z); V over A; E over P; missing or repaired colon dots.

1861 – 6 over 8; R over B & 8 over 6

1862 – Small size numerals; 8 over 6; 3 extra plumes; 2 over 1 & B over R

1863 – Open 3; Slim 3; die No. 2, 3, 4 & 5 below date & 3 over 1

1866 – 6 over 8

1877 – Large and small dates

1879 – Large and small dates

1882 – No H below date (Royal Mint issue) & 2 over 1

1889 – Narrow date

1888 – Broken left top to I’s

1893 – 3 over 2 ?!

1897 – O°NE  

 

This is an indication of the contents of the book:

                              ~ Section 1 ~

                                            Contents

Foreword & Acknowledgements…………………………………   3 – 6

The Introduction to Bronze Coinage……………………………..    7

Other Mints involvement…………………………………………..    9

Which Mints used what dies during 1860 to 1863……………...   10

Mintages, Bibliography……….……………………………….….    20 - 26

                                ~ Section 2 ~

                Obverse / Reverse [split in 2 - horizontally]

OBVERSES (Top half)……………………………….      Obv. A to V

REVERSES (Lower half)…………………………….       Rev. a to x

                              ~ Section 3 ~

                                      Penny Varieties

Victorian Repairs, Die Varieties, Errors, Date Variations, etc.......   27 - 104

                              ~ Section 4 ~

                                              Prices

Coin Grading & Valuations                                                           105 - 108

(1) Die-Pairings, Referencing, Rarity & Pricing of Victorian

      Currency Bronze Pennies 1860 – 1901…………..…...       VP 1

(2) Foreword -Trials & Proof Victorian Pennies…………..       VP 7

(3) The Victorian Penny – Trials, Proofs & Anomalies,

      - Examples & Prices -………………………………......        VP 11

(4) ‘Special’ prices on Victorian Bronze Pennies…..…….        VP 21

                                    ~ Section 5 ~

                                 Special Collection Prices

(1) The late Laurie Bamford Penny Collection -

      realised prices – 20 June 2006………………………..        LB1

(2) The late Roland Harris Penny Collection –

      realised prices – 28 February 2009……………….…..        RH1

(3) The Tony Crocker Penny Collection

      realised prices – 15 September to 3 October 2009……     TC1

                                   ~ Section 6 ~

                                               Index

Index of Victorian Penny dies & varieties……………….........    109

                                  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is a small example of Section 6 for coins of 1865 and 1866

BP 1865 A      J + g   

BP 1865 Ba    J + g    Date: 5 over 3 (see page 45 for type)

BP 1865 Bb    J + g    Date: 5 over 3 (see page 45 for type)

BP 1865 Bc    J + g    Date: 5 over 3 (see page 46 for type)

BP 1865 Bd    J + g    Date: 5 over 3 (see page 46 for type)   

BP 1865 Be    J + g    Date: 5 over 3 (see page 46 for type)

BP 1866 Aa    J + g    Date width: 11 teeth

BP 1866 Ab    J + g    Date width: 11 ½ teeth

BP 1866 Ac    J + g    Date width: 12 teeth

BP 1866 B    J + g    Date: 1st 6 over 8

                              Prices

The retail pricing of this book has been as kept as low as possible. 

The printing of this book in best possible quality, with such a large quantity of colour pictures and a fairly limited ‘first’ print run has increased costs considerably over having an average quality print and pictures in black and white for the book.

This book should retail for approximately £10.00 to £15.00 more, per copy, than the price shown below but, as I am retailing the book myself rather than through wholesalers and not promoting it with advertising, other than on my website, I can pass this saving on to you, the collector.

The price of the Specialised edition (202 pages) is £50.00

As of 1 April 2014 the post office have changed ALL levels of compensation. Previously if something went missing or was damaged the compensation was up to the level of the 1st class stamp i.e. £60.00 as of NOW the compensation is a maximum of £20.00 unless one uses "Signed for" which is now £50.00. 

So I now offer two levels of postage. "Signed for" and full compensation £50.00 if lost or damaged 

or ONLY £20.00 compensation by standard post. 

The option is yours !

 

Postage cost:       Specialised edition...........weight: 800 grams  from 1 April 2016

 

INLAND postage 1st class Royal Mail "Signed for" £5.50   INLAND postage 1st class Royal Mail Comp. £20.00 £4.50
EUROPE postage

Printer paper

"Signed for"

£14.00 EUROPE postage

Printer paper

Comp. £20.00

£9.50
WORLD postage

Printed paper

"Signed for"

£19.50 WORLD postage

Printed paper

Comp. £20.00

£15.00

 

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