Great Britain 1770 half penny

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 24006
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24006 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $822.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "George III Halfpenny 1770, Tower Mint, 1st Issue, MS65 RB NGC, about 50% golden red mixed with brown toning. First year of this classic copper type." This type is listed for 1770-75 and is scarce even 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-3774, KM 601.

Source:

  • 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]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.

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