Great Britain 1851 half farthing

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from Goldberg sale 98, lot 3006
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This specimen was lot 3006 in Goldberg sale 98 (Los Angeles, June 2017), where it sold for $111.62. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Half Farthing, 1851. Victoria. Overdate 5 over 0. Nice mint state and rare thus. PCGS graded MS-64 Brown." In the early nineteenth century, many British colonies did not receive distinctive coinage but "homeland types" struck specifically for that area. The SCWC notes this half farthing (1/1920 of a sovereign) was struck for Ceylon 1839-56 and only made legal tender in Britain in 1842.

Recorded mintage: unknown but not rare.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S.3951, KM 738.


  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • [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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 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.

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