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Brit Tip #23

The long and short of the Vicky Sixpence line

Many of the esoteric British coin books note that sixpences of 1856 and 1857 have either a long or short line under the word "PENCE" without showing any sort of picture to clarify it.

Dealers do not distinguish the varieties, as a rule, and the valuations appear to be the same.

Figure 1.  "Short" Line. Figure 2.  "Long" Line.

Posted 3/13/2011 and linked to CU