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1887 Six Pence Found In The Wild Us

 
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 Posted 12/30/2019  6:54 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add srcliff to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Now I realize that this is probably not all that rare in the coin collecting world (especially in this condition) but I was pretty stunned that an employee found this in a roll of dimes in the US 132 years after being minted.


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 Posted 12/30/2019  7:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am sure that it has not been circulating for that long!
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 Posted 12/31/2019  08:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add srcliff to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
After a little research I see there were at least 3 major varieties of this coin including a recalled one. I'm not familiar with British coins at all does anyone have a source for composition, rarity, etc? Possible value.
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 Posted 12/31/2019  09:25 am  Show Profile   Check PaddyB's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add PaddyB to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am not sure if there is a reliable online source for the information you need. The usual master reference is the Spink annual book - equivalent to the US Red Book, but that is hardcopy only.
This book: https://www.amazon.com/Collectors-C...books&sr=1-1
is available on Kindle, if that suits?

Yes, there are 3 main varieties for the 1887 sixpence:

The Young Head variety - same style as since 1839 and last year of issue, a bit scarcer than the other two.
The "Withdrawn" variety - Jubilee head and shield reverse, withdrawn because it was too similar to the half sovereign and the criminal fraternity quickly started plating them and passing them off. Actually the most common as people kept them as keepsakes.
The new variety - Jubilee head and reverting to the Sixpence words reverse, in production until 1893. Valued the same as the withdrawn type though slightly less common I think. This is the one you have.

Yours is in such poor condition that it would go into the scrap metal pile here in the UK, but you might get a few dollars for it in the US.
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 Posted 12/31/2019  09:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Hogarth to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

A very common coin even in high grades.
Yours is in a very poor state so is worth only the value of its silver content, which is .925.
All the same, what an amazing thing to find in a roll of dimes!
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 Posted 12/31/2019  1:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add srcliff to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everyone! I figured it wasn't a super valuable find but worth a good premium over the $.10 paid for it so I consider that a win. I am going to give my employee a dime size flip so it doesn't escape into the wild again!
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