Halfpenny (Britannia, second design), Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Halfpenny (Britannia, second design), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1825 - 1860)
Coin TypeHalfpenny (Britannia, second design)

All British copper coinage was demonetised in 1869, with only the bronze coinage (started in 1860) remaining in circulation after that.

Obverse

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend in Latin. During the existence of this coin type, half pennies were issued for: King George IV (1825 - 1827), King William IV (1831 - 1837) and Queen Victoria (1838 - 1860).

Obverse InscriptionLegend of the ruling British monarch
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 Britain, Defender of the Faith) during the reigns of King George IV and King William IV, or BRITANNIAR: REG: FID: DEF: (Queen of Britain, Defender of the Faith) for Queen Victoria; in exergue, a rose, a thistle and a shamrock combined.

Reverse InscriptionBRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF: (BRITANNIAR: REG: 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. pp 22-24
[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue to British Commonwealth Coins., p197

All Coins of Type: Halfpenny (Britannia, second design) (25)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Halfpenny 1825 215,040 Portrait by William Wyon (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1825
Halfpenny 1826 9,031,630 Portrait by William Wyon (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1826
Halfpenny 1827 5,376,000 Portrait by William Wyon (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1827
Halfpenny 1831 806,400 Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII DEI GRATIA 1831
Halfpenny 1834 537,600 Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII DEI GRATIA 1834
Halfpenny 1837 349,440 Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII DEI GRATIA 1837
Halfpenny 1838 456,960 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1838
Halfpenny 1839 (Proof only) unknown Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1839
Halfpenny 1841 1,075,200 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1841
Halfpenny 1843 967,680 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1843
Halfpenny 1844 1,075,200 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1844
Halfpenny 1845 1,075,200 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1845
Halfpenny 1846 860,160 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1846
Halfpenny 1847 752,640 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1847
Halfpenny 1848 322,560 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1848
Halfpenny 1851 215,040 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1851
Halfpenny 1852 637,056 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1852
Halfpenny 1853 1,559,040 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1853
Halfpenny 1854 12,354,048 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1854
Halfpenny 1855 1,455,837 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1855
Halfpenny 1856 1,942,080 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1856
Halfpenny 1857 1,182,720 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1857
Halfpenny 1858 2,472,960 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1858
Halfpenny 1859 1,290,240 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1859
Halfpenny 1860 (Large) unknown Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1860
Halfpenny (Britannia, second design): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofHalfpenny (Pre-decimal)
From1825
To1860
Face Value1/2 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1869)
MaterialCopper
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)28
Mass (g)8.8000
Halfpenny (Britannia, second design): Photos
ImageDetails
Coin - Halfpenny, William IV, Great Britain, 1831
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Britannia, second design (1825 - 1860).
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1826 Copper Half-penny, George IV
Copyright: JNCoins
Notes: King George IV (1825 - 1827).
Source
Coin - Halfpenny, William IV, Great Britain, 1831
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King William IV (1831 - 1837).
Source
Great Britain 1852 half penny
Copyright: CoinFactsWiki / CC BY-SA
Author:
Notes: Queen Victoria, Young head (1838 - 1860).
Source