Copper/Bronze dates to watch for
page details some of the better dates of copper/bronze British coins 1838-1936 to be on the lookout for (see
Tip #11 for 1937-1970). Some of the dates may
be "common" in Krause or even the British price guides, but the ebay prices or
general availability suggest otherwise. I would very much like feedback on other
dates I have missed. I will omit varieties here - there are many better
references for that angle of collecting. Note that I refer to coins in high
grade in most cases.
Almost all Victorian dates are
desirable, but especially 1839 (Proof), 1844, 1849, 1851, 1859, 1860
(Copper), 1863, 1869, 1874H, 1877 (Proof), 1880, 1881, 1883, 1892,
1894 and 1895 (Younger Head).
Edward VII - all are highly sought in black BU,
George V - all blackened specimens are
highly sought in BU, especially 1915
and 1918. 1934 is also tough to find in BU (1935 is considered the key but
is easier to locate in my opinion).
Victorian halfpennies pre 1895, especially 1839 (Proof), 1843, 1845, 1847, 1848 (no overdate), 1851,
1859, 1860 (Copper), 1865, 1867-1871 inclusive, 1874, 1878, 1883 and 1894.
The veiled head series is quite easy to locate.
Edward VII: 1902
(Low Tide), 1904 and 1909.
Many George V halfpennies pre-1926 are extremely hard to find in top grade.
Toughest dates appear to be: 1913, 1922, 1924 and 1925 (Modified Effigy).
1934 is also a desirable date but is not difficult to locate in top grade.
Virtually every date in the series is desirable
All Victorian copper dates (1839-1860)
except 1841, 1853, 1854, 1855, 1857 and 1858. High grade examples
of any date are very expensive now.
All Bronze "Bun Head" pennies (1860-1894). Even
1887-1893, the most easily accessible dates, are getting very expensive.
Veiled head 1895 (no sea) and 1897 (higher tide).
Edward VII - all dates, especially 1902 (Low Tide)
George V - all dates except 1928-1930 and 1935-36.
The Heaton (H) and Kings Norton (KN) issues are prizes. The Modified
Effigy of 1926 has become virtually unobtainable. Don't bother looking for 1933.
Posted on CU 4/4/2005