NGC-certified Rarity Stars in Popular YouTube Video About Mysterious British Penny

Posted on 3/23/2022

Another example of the rare and valuable coin is thought to be buried somewhere in London.

A rare British coin certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company™ (NGC®) is featured in a popular video on YouTube. The 1933 Great Britain Penny is showcased in a short video by Tom Scott, a popular social media creator based in the United Kingdom whose videos have attracted over 1.1 billion views on YouTube.

The three-minute video is titled "There's a £100,000 coin buried under this London building" and has already attracted 1.6 million views since being posted in January.

The video delves into the history of the 1933 Penny, an example of which is shown at London coin dealer AH Baldwin & Sons. The example, graded NGC MS 63 BN, is pedigreed to the Norweb Collection. Its NGC certification number matches that of one with a 1933 Penny that sold for $193,875 through Heritage Auctions in August 2016.

Great Britain 1933 Penny graded NGC MS 63 BN and pedigreed to Norweb.
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Only about seven examples of the 1933 Penny are thought to exist. There was no need for additional pennies for circulation that year, but it was tradition to bury a set of coins in important new buildings. So, a small number were struck.

One of these sets of coins was dug up and stolen from a church in Middleton. This prompted another church in Leeds to excavate theirs and sell it. The penny from that set is also certified by NGC (as MS 63 BN) and is pedigreed as the St. Mary's example.

A third example is thought to be buried underneath a building at the University of London. In his video, Scott visits the possible location of this incredibly rare and valuable coin.

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