Great Britain 1749 half penny
This specimen was lot 1325 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Penny, 1749. PCGS MS-64 BN Secure Holder. George II (1727-60). From the Demarete Collection." This type is listed for 1746-54 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.
Catalog reference: S-3719; KM-579.2.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.