Great Britain: Coin Halfpenny 1788 (Pattern) - detailed information

Great Britain: Coin Halfpenny 1788 (Pattern)
CoinHalfpenny 1788 (Pattern)

This was a pattern by the Soho Mint which was eventually not selected for mass production.

MintSoho Mint
Obverse
Great Britain / Halfpenny 1788 (Pattern) - obverse photo

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.
Reverse
Great Britain / Halfpenny 1788 (Pattern) - reverse photo

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.
EdgeInscribed, raised lettering
Edge InscriptionRENDER TO CESAR THE THINGS WHICH ARE CESARS
Notes

Additional information:

[Book] Peck, C. W. 1970. English Copper, Tin and Bronze Coins in the British Museum.

Halfpenny 1788 (Pattern): References to Information Used
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Halfpenny 1788 (Pattern): Details
CountryGreat Britain
CurrencyPound Sterling (Great Britain)
PeriodPound Sterling (1707 - 1801)
Coin TypeHalfpenny (Pattern)
Issued1788
MonarchKing George III
EffigyLaureate head by Droz
Face Value1/2 (x Penny)
CurrentNo
Mintageunknown
MaterialCopper
DesignerJean-Pierre Droz
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)31
Mass (g)16.4730
Halfpenny 1788 (Pattern): Photos
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Pattern Coin - Halfpenny, George III, Great Britain, 1788
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Pattern Coin - Halfpenny, George III, Great Britain, 1788
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