Great Britain 1887 half penny

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Ponterio sale 177, lot 34837
GB 1887 half penny rev P177-34837.jpg

This specimen was lot 34837 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $182. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Penny, 1887. NGC MS-64 RB." In 1860, the copper half penny was superseded by a smaller bronze half penny. To mark the change, the young bust was dropped in favor of the "bun head." This type was struck until 1895. The farthings and pennies were similarly modified.

Recorded mintage: 10,701,000.

Specification: 5.4 g, bronze.

Catalog reference: S-3956; KM-754.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.

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