Great Britain 1717 half penny

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 20826
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20826 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "George I "Dump" Halfpenny 1717, MS64 BN PCGS, a very choice example of the classic first issue copper halfpenny of the first Hanover king of England, his handsome portrait nice and sharp and outlined by the large letters of his name and simple title, struck inside a broad rim (from which the variety takes its name), the reverse also well centered and sharp albeit struck from a rusted die, the color a pleasing medium brown showing some faded, deep reddish mint luster around the lettering and devices. All in all, a lovely choice example of this early copper issue -- far finer than most other extant pieces." The type is listed for 1717-19 and was the first half penny issued since 1701, none being minted during Anne's reign.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S-3659, Peck-768, KM 549.


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  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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