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Coin: Halfpenny 1860 (Large)

The design of this coin is identical to that of the (old type) one penny and farthing coins minted in the same year; the difference is only in size. Typically for British coinage of the time, the denomination (or, indeed, the country of issue) is not spelled out on the coin.

According to Whitman (1962), "Copper halfpennies dated 1860 are not mentioned in the Royal Mint report and none were issued for circulation. A few of the rare pieces are, however, known to exist. Some of them were restruck at the Mint at a later date."

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny (Britannia, second design)
Year1860 CurrentNo (demonetised 1869)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark unknown
MaterialCopper DesignerWilliam Wyon
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by William Wyon (Young Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)28 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)8.8000

Head of Queen Victoria facing left, ribbon in her hair; incuse on neck truncation the artist's initials W.W. (for William Wyon); around, the legend VICTORIA DEI GRATIA (Victoria, by the Grace of God); below, the date 1860.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1860

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: REG: FID: DEF: (Queen of the Britains, Defender of the Faith); in exergue, a rose, a thistle and a shamrock combined.

Reverse inscriptionBRITANNIAR: REG: FID: DEF:
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone

References to additional information:

[Book] Bressett, Kenneth E. 1962. A Guidebook of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Wisconsin, USA. pp23-24
[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue to British Commonwealth Coins., p197

Halfpenny 1860 (Large): Known varieties
Proof unknown
Halfpenny 1860 (Large): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3949
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 726
Halfpenny 1860 (Large): References to Information Used
Whitman, Guidebook of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 1962 Mint
Whitman, Guidebook of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 1962 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
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