Great Britain 1797 2 pence

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Ponterio sale 173, lot 1331
Great Britain 1797 2 pence rev Ponterio 173-1331.jpg

This specimen was lot 1331 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $411. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 2 Pence, 1797. NGC AU-55 BN. George III (1760-1820)." 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. This type of 1797 is the only issue of copper tupennies in the eighteenth century. Despite a desperate shortage of small change which permitted the issue of a profusion of counterfeits and private tokens, the mint made little effort to produce copper coins until the 1820's. This tupenny was accompanied by a penny. The similar farthings and halfpennies were dated 1799 tho restruck until the 1840's.

Recorded mintage: 722,000.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S-3776; KM-619.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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