Great Britain 1700 1/2 penny

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Heritage sale 3040, lot 32381
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This specimen was lot 32381 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $152.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "William III 1/2 Penny 1700 VF. Third issue. Unbarred A's in Britannia. With glossy, chestnut-brown color. Moments of green color cling to the obverse legends and some haymarking is noted." Tin halfpence were attempted under James II 1685-87 and again under William III 1689-92. Tin farthings were a similar failure. Subsequent issues such as this one from 1699-1700, were copper, a much more stable metal.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: KM 503, S-3556.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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