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VICTORIA 1857 Pattern Decimal Penny

1857 Pattern Decimal Penny

Victoria, 1837-1901.
Copper Proof Pattern 5 Farthings-10 Centimes, 1857. 33.4mm, 11.57 grams. By James Wyon. Peck 1972. Youthful diadem head l. in dotted circle, titles and date around in the style of contemporary Bronze
coinage of Napoleon III. Rv. Seated Britannia in dotted circle, minute JW on exergue line, dual value FIVE FARTHINGS, 10 CENTIMES. Smoothest red-brown surfaces complement a meticulous strike. This fascinating Pattern's dual denomination combines the existing Sterling with the French-inspired Latin Monetary Union Decimal units. Peck states ''extremely rare.'' Brilliant Proof. 

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