Great Britain 1799 half penny

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 10417
Great Britain 1799 half penny rev Ponterio 169-10417.jpg

This specimen was lot 10417 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $230. The catalog description[1] 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.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S-3778; KM-647.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.
  • 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.

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