Great Britain 1729 half penny

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Goldberg sale 65, lot 4750
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4750 in Goldberg sale 65 (Los Angeles, September 2011), where it sold for $661.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Halfpenny, 1729. George II. Young laureate bust left. Sharply struck example with glossy mint luster. NGC graded AU-58 Brown." Half pence were struck steadily in this style 1729-39 and with an older bust 1740-54, after which none were struck until 1770. This dearth of small change was an invitation to the counterfeiter and the token issuer, one enthusiastically accepted.

Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly common thru Very Fine.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: KM 566, S.3717.


  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 65: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2011.

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