Great Britain 1828 1/2 farthing

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Goldberg sale 98, lot 2994
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 2994 in Goldberg sale 98 (Los Angeles, June 2017), where it sold for $734.37. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Half-Farthing, 1828. George IV. Obverse: Laureate bust of king. Reverse: Britannia. A dark chocolate color. Well detailed and looks like a proof. NGC graded MS-63 Brown. WINGS." This type was minted in 1828 and 1830 in large numbers yet it is still rather scarce in nice condition. Two varieties exist for 1828: KM 704.1, where Britannia's head divides reverse legend and KM 704.2, with a continuous reverse legend. The next half farthing was struck in 1837. The denomination was discontinued in 1856.

Recorded mintage: 7,680,000 plus 8,776,000 in 1830.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S.3826; KM-704.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 98: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.

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