Great Britain 1953 half penny

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from Stack's Bowers 2019 NYINC sale, part of lot 43186
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was part of lot 43186 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), which sold for $336. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Lot of (9) NGC-Certified Minor Coinage, 1938-64. All MS-65 to MS-66. A lovely modern group, spanning the reigns of George VI and Elizabeth II with denominations from 1/4 Penny (Farthing) to 6 Pence. All are graded as Gems with several displaying nice toning. Worthy of close inspection." This type was struck 1953 only. The obverse legend was shortened for the 1954 issue; this affected all the denominations.

Recorded mintage: 8,926,000 + 40,000 proofs.

Specification: 5.40 g, bronze, 25.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 882.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th 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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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