|Coin||Halfpenny 1788 (Pattern)|
This was a pattern by the Soho Mint which was eventually not selected for mass production.
Laureate head of King George III facing right, with hair falling in long curls below his shoulder; on bust truncation, D. F. (abbreviation of Droz Fecit - from Latin, "Droz, he made it"); around, the monarch's legend GEORGIUS III. D. G. REX. (the four stops are diamond shaped).
|Obverse Inscription||GEORGIUS III. D. G. REX.|
Figure of Britannia, draped, seated facing left on globe, holding a long spear in her right hand; her right elbow rests on an oval shield bearing the crosses of St. George and St. Andrew; in her left hand, a laurel wreath; around BRITANNIA · 1788..
The designer's initial is a small letter D (for Jean-Pierre Droz) is below the shield; in exergue, a boat rudder and palm branch crossed.
|Reverse Inscription||BRITANNIA · 1788.|
|Edge||Inscribed, raised lettering|
|Edge Inscription||RENDER TO CESAR THE THINGS WHICH ARE CESARS|
[Book] Peck, C. W. 1970. English Copper, Tin and Bronze Coins in the British Museum.
|Currency||Pound Sterling (Great Britain)|
|Period||Pound Sterling (1707 - 1801)|
|Coin Type||Halfpenny (Pattern)|
|Monarch||King George III|
|Effigy||Laureate head by Droz|
|Face Value||1/2 (x Penny)|
|Orientation||Reversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)|