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SINCONA Auction 72  -  21.11.2021 14:00
SINCONA British Collection - Part 1

Lot 906
George V. 1910-1936. 6 Pence 1924, London. Pattern in Gold. Bare head. 1 in reverse field. 2.88 g. Spink 4026. WR 430. Von grösster Seltenheit, nur 3-5 Exemplare bekannt / Of the highest rarity, only 3-5 pieces known. NGC MS66. Eingeritzte Wertzahl 1 / Carved in 1 on reverse.

From the stock of Mark Rasmussen, Betchworth, January 2005.

Finest certified by NGC.

There were just three pieces struck of this trial sixpence in gold, each with its coinage number hand-etched into the reverse. Though there were only three pieces struck, it is interesting to note that all three were rendered on non-uniform flans. Wilson & Rasmussen provide the weights of each of the examples: #1 weighs 2.89 grams, #2 weighs 3.05 grams, and #3 weighs 3.98 grams. This variance of weights further indicates that this was a trial striking. While the #1 weighs roughly the same as a regular issue sixpence, it is curious that the mint workers decided on the need to strike heavier examples.

At Heritage auctions in 2015, a specimen with the incised number 3 (Auction 3037, New York, January 2015, lot 31181) and with the value number I (Auction 3041, August 2015, lot 32255) were sold. Our piece also bears the value numeral 1 and also has the low weight of 2.88 g for this number, as described by WR. As it is clearly not the specimen from the Heritage auction, it is reasonable to assume that more than the 3 specimens described so far were minted.
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