Great Britain 1856 half farthing

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Steve Album sale 30, lot 1180
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This specimen was lot 1180 in Stephen Album sale 30 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2018), where it sold for $352.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN: Victoria, 1837-1901, AE ½ farthing, 1856, primarily intended for use in Ceylon, small date, NGC graded MS64 RB, ex Paul Stevens Collection." 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: 914,000.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S.3951, KM 738.


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