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Coin: Halfpenny 1826
Description

The design of this coin is identical to that of the one penny and the new type farthing coins minted in the same year; the difference is only in size. It differs from the old type farthing, which has the Pistrucci portrait of the king and a lion behind Britannia on the reverse. Typically for British coinage of the time, the denomination (or, indeed, the country of issue) is not spelled out on the coin.

King George IV was never pleased with the portrait designed by Pistrucci for his coins. In 1824 William Wyon was commissioned to produce a new design which was used on most of the coins from 1825 to 1830. Halfpence of the Pistrucci design were never issued as only farthings were coined for the first five years of the reign.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny (Britannia, second design)
Year1826 CurrentNo (demonetised 1869)
Mintage9,031,630 (9.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 9,031,630 (9.0 million)
MaterialCopper DesignerWilliam Wyon
MonarchKing George IV EffigyPortrait by William Wyon (Laureate Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)28 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)8.8000
Obverse

Laureate head of King George IV facing left; around, the legend GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA (George the Fourth, by the Grace of God); below, the date 1826.

Obverse inscription GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1826
Reverse

Figure of Britannia seated facing right, resting her right hand on a shield bearing a saltire of arms, and holding a trident in her left hand; around, the rest of the monarch's legend: BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF: (King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith); in exergue, a rose, a thistle and a shamrock combined.

Reverse inscriptionBRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF:
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Bressett, Kenneth E. 1962. A Guidebook of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Wisconsin, USA. pp22-23
[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue to British Commonwealth Coins., p197

Halfpenny 1826: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Bronze plated copper proof 150 (hover mouse for text)
Proof FDC unknown
Raised line on saltire unknown (included in main number)
Overdate 1826/5 unknown (included in main number)
Halfpenny 1826: Photos
Halfpenny 1826: Photo Great Britain 1826 half penny
Great Britain 1826 half penny
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Halfpenny 1826: Photo Great Britain 1826 half penny
Great Britain 1826 half penny
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Halfpenny 1826: Photo Coin - Halfpenny, George IV, Great Britain, 1826
Coin - Halfpenny, George IV, Great Britain, 1826
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Halfpenny 1826: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3823
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 692, 692a (Bronzed proof)
Halfpenny 1826: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Whitman, Guidebook of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 1962 Mint
Whitman, Guidebook of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 1962 Mintage
Whitman, Guidebook of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 1962 Varieties Proof
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Raised line on saltire
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Overdate 1826/5, Bronze plated copper proof
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Halfpenny 1826: Some useful external links
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