Great Britain 1806 half penny
This specimen was lot 72342 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $188. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Penny, 1806. NGC MS-65 BN. Reverse: No berries. Good strike with glossy brown surfaces and quite attractive." This type of 1806-07 is the only issue of copper pennies between 1799 and 1825. 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 penny (KM 663) and farthing (KM 661). Many varieties of berries exist.
Recorded mintage: unknown but common.
Specification: 9.22 g, copper, 28.7 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-662.
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