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Coin type: Three Halfpence
Description

The British three halfpence was a silver coin worth 1½d or 1/160th of a pound produced for circulation in the British colonies, mainly in Ceylon, British Guiana, and the British West Indies as well as Mauritius and Sierra Leone which used the ordinary British currency, in each year between 1834 and 1843, and also in 1860 and 1862 (proof coins were also produced in 1870). They were a rough equivalent to the Indian anna and to the Spanish-American quarter real used in Jamaica and are similar to the silver Maundy coins except for the crowned 1½ on the reverse.

According to Museum Victoria (which inherited the archive and collection of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint) "Small parcels to the value of 25 pounds worth of 1 1/2 penny pieces were issued by the Royal Mint, London to private persons for use in various colonies including Jamaica. No record was kept of the ultimate destination of any particular parcel."

The coin is considered to be part of the British coinage because it has no indication of what country it was minted for, being made in the same style as the other contemporary coins of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

The coins were made of sterling silver, weighed 0.71 grams (0.0210 oz. ASW) and had a diameter of 12 millimetres. The reverse of the coin, throughout its existence, showed "1½" beneath a crown and over the date, all contained within a wreath. The obverse of coins minted between 1834 and 1837 show the right-facing portrait of King William IV with the inscription GULIELMUS IIII D G BRITANNIAR REX F D. The obverse of the later coins bear the left-facing portrait of Queen Victoria, with the inscription VICTORIA D G BRITANNIAR REGINA F D.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type of Sub-types
Face value1 1/2 (x Penny)
Years produced1834 - 1870 CurrentNo
Material0.925 Silver Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)12 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)0.7100
Obverse

Effigy of the ruling monarch, legend (in Latin).

Obverse inscription

Legend of the ruling monarch

Reverse

Within an oak wreath the denomination, 1 1/2 [pence]; above, crown; below, the date.

Reverse inscription

1 1/2 [year]

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Three Halfpence: Photos

Coin - 3 Halfpence, Jamaica, 1838
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Notes: Common reverse (1834 - 1870).
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Coin - 3 Halfpence, Jamaica, 1837
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Notes: King William IV (1834 - 1837).
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Coin - 3 Halfpence, Jamaica, 1838
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Notes: Queen Victoria (1838 - 1870).
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List of 13 coins of type: Three Halfpence from United Kingdom
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Three Halfpence 1834 800,000 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Three Halfpence 1835 634,000 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Three Halfpence 1836 158,000 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Three Halfpence 1837 31,000 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Three Halfpence 1838 539,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Three Halfpence 1839 760,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Three Halfpence 1840 95,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Three Halfpence 1841 158,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Three Halfpence 1842 1,869,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Three Halfpence 1843 475,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Three Halfpence 1860 160,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Three Halfpence 1862 256,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Three Halfpence 1870 (Proof only) unknown Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D: