Great Britain 1774 half penny
This specimen was lot 2955 in Goldberg sale 98 (Los Angeles, June 2017), where it sold for $564. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Halfpenny, 1774. George III. Obverse; Slightly modified laureate bust of king right. Reverse; Britannia. Mint state. A scarcer date in all grades, especially the highest. PCGS graded MS-62 Brown. WINGS." This type was issued 1770-75. It is not rare but it did little to alleviate the small change shortage of the late eighteenth century. The next half penny issue is dated 1799.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: S.3774; KM-601.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 98: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.