Great Britain 1751 half penny

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23995
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23995 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $587.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "George II Halfpenny 1751, Old Bust, MS64 BN NGC, a beautiful gem copper with crisp details, struck from slightly rusted dies, and the color a rich chocolate brown with tinges of mint red luster, the luster somewhat reflective, with bluish hues adding to the eye-appeal." 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 but not rare.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S-3719, KM 579.2.


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  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • Peck, C. Wilson, English Copper, Tin and Bronze Coins in the British Museum, 1558-1958, 2nd Ed., London: Oxford University Press, 1970.

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