Great Britain 1734 1/2 penny
This specimen was lot 34801 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $106. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Penny, 1734. NGC EF-40 BN." This type is listed for 1729-39 and is fairly common in worn condition. The mint did not produce near enough small change for the industrial boom of the eighteenth century, leading to a proliferation of private tokens. The situation would not be rectified until the reform of 1817.
Recorded mintage: unknown but not rare.
Catalog reference: S-3717; KM-566.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.