Great Britain 1799 half penny
This specimen was lot 10417 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $230. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Half Penny, 1799. PCGS MS-64 RD. From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation." This type of 1799 is the only issue of copper halfpence between 1775 and 1805. 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 half penny was accompanied by a farthing. The similar pennies and tuppence were dated 1797 tho restruck until the 1840's.
Recorded mintage: unknown but common.
Catalog reference: S-3778; KM-647.
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