Great Britain 1772 half penny

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 24273
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24273 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,997.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "George III Halfpenny 1772, 1st London Issue, struck at the Tower Mint, MS65 RD NGC, a truly gorgeous copper glowing with orange-red mint luster, crisply struck (must have been made from new dies), including an unbelievably bold date. The tiniest of abrasions. Light die-clashing at the rear of the king's head and through US in his name, and looping upward from his mouth to III; another from the N to Britannia's nose. Possibly the best of this type seen by the cataloguer in nearly 40 years of handing the finest in British coins. Nothing less than fabulous!" 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.


  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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