British Bronze Penny (Victoria) 1860 to 1901
Published: December 2009 - 1st edition
the last five years I have been working to replace my earlier book - The
British Bronze Penny
1860 1970 (1986). Many new varieties have been found and prices
of the Victorian bronze pennies have increased quite considerably.
Originally I considered updating my original book but so much needed
changing and none of the smaller printers had the equipment to punch 15 holes!
It therefore seemed appropriate to rework the book completely. I decided that
the format should be smaller - A5 size so it would be
easier to carry around. A ring binder is used to hold the pages but this time
with standard 6 holes. The pictures are now all in colour. The main obverse and
reverse pictures are approximately 3 inches or 76 mm in size and are still shown
on split pages (each page half this size) so that obverses and reverses can
still be matched up.
This time, however, I have concentrated on The Victorian Bronze series of 1860 to 1901 as that is the area that most new varieties have been found. It is also the period that has seen some spectacular price rises in the last 5 years.
The Specialised edition has -
4 new obverse and 3 new reverse dies have also been added plus a large number of new varieties with 338 pictures.
are some of the varieties listed:
N over N sideways (Z); V over A; E over P; missing or repaired colon dots.
6 over 8; R over B & 8 over 6
Small size numerals; 8 over 6; 3 extra plumes; 2 over 1 & B over R
Open 3; Slim 3; die No. 2, 3, 4 & 5 below date & 3 over 1
6 over 8
Large and small dates
Large and small dates
No H below date (Royal Mint issue) & 2 over 1
Broken left top to Is
3 over 2 ?!
This is an indication of the contents of the book:
~ Section 1 ~
Introduction to Bronze Coinage
Mints used what dies during 1860 to 1863
20 - 26
Section 2 ~
Obverse / Reverse [split in 2 - horizontally]
Obv. A to V
Rev. a to x
Section 3 ~
Section 4 ~
Grading & Valuations
105 - 108
Die-Pairings, Referencing, Rarity & Pricing of Victorian
Currency Bronze Pennies 1860
Foreword -Trials & Proof Victorian Pennies
The Victorian Penny Trials, Proofs & Anomalies,
- Examples & Prices -
Special prices on Victorian Bronze Pennies
~ Section 5 ~
The late Laurie Bamford Penny Collection -
realised prices 20 June 2006
The late Roland Harris Penny Collection
realised prices 28 February 2009
The Tony Crocker Penny Collection
realised prices 15 September to 3 October 2009
Section 6 ~
of Victorian Penny dies & varieties
is a small example of Section
for coins of 1865 and 1866
J + g
1865 Ba J + g
Date: 5 over 3 (see page 45 for type)
1865 Bb J + g Date: 5 over
3 (see page 45 for type)
J + g Date: 5 over
3 (see page 46 for type)
1865 Bd J + g Date: 5 over
3 (see page 46 for type)
1865 Be J + g
Date: 5 over 3 (see page 46 for type)
1866 Aa J + g Date width:
1866 Ab J + g
Date width: 11 ½ teeth
1866 Ac J + g Date width:
1866 B J + g Date: 1st
6 over 8
An 'updated' 2nd edition is now available (October 2020)
Information on the 2nd edition update pack:
It is just over 10 years ago that I published the first edition of my British Bronze Penny 1860 to 1901 Specialised book and with lockdown in March of this year due to COVID-19 I thought that I would examine the new varieties and information that has been sent to me over those last 10 years. This led me to eventually produce this 2nd edition.
This "update" pack contains over 30 new varieties with pictures and text. Over 200 pictures have been up-graded or enlarged. One new obverse has been discovered and has been included. There was one reverse that I had no image of in the 1st edition, it has now been found and added.
There are now 47 double sided new pages (94 single sides). See below - 2 pages added !
As of 3 November 2020 two new pages have been added to the 2nd edition 94 page pack, now there are a total of 96 pages.
This is a very unusual double error repair entry. The C is over an O and the R is over an A in VICTORIA.
Unfortunately, the discovery was made after the new 94 pages had been returned form the printers. The new double page has had to be printed by me and added to the 2nd edition pack.
What has remained the same to the 1st edition ?
Section 1 (Contents) Remain unaltered. No new pages.
Section 2 (Obverse / Reverses)
Obverse: The text page for Obverse D needs to be removed. The new D & DE pages need to be added between Obverse D & E.
Reverse: The text page for Reverse p needs to be removed. The new p & p1 pages need to be added between Reverse p & r.
Section 4, 5 & 6 (Prices, etc.) These sections remain unaltered. The pricing has not been updated as the purpose of this updated edition was to advise collectors of the new varieties, etc. found. The pricing section should be used as a guide only. Prices for rare dates and varieties constantly change and differ from auction to auction.
What has changed or been added to the 1st edition ?
Section 3 (Penny Varieties) New pages 33 to 94A have replace pages 33 to 94 (48 double sided pages in total).
The old 1st edition pages have been stored at the back of the book.
The British Bronze Penny 1860 - 1901 (book) has now become
a joint 1st & 2nd edition combined book.
For collectors with a copy of the 1st edition and would like just the 'update pack' please email me for the cost of the 96 page "update pack" & postage.
The 1st edition is no longer available as the last few remaining copies have been updated with the 2nd edition updates.
The price of the 2nd edition combined with the 1st edition is £65.00.
Only a small quantity of these 1st & 2nd edition copies remain in stock and I have no plans to have a second printing of the entire book.
The compensation for normal
post (NOT signed for) is a maximum of
The compensation for normal post (NOT signed for) is a maximum of £20.00.
Postage cost: 1st & 2nd combined edition.......weight: 980 grams - from 1 January 2021