Figure of Britannia seated facing right on a rock, wearing a helmet and breastplate with flowing dress; she holds a trident and rests her right hand on a shield which bears the combined crosses of the Union Flag; at right a ship sailing away; at left, a lighthouse; around, the denomination HALF PENNY; in exergue, the date 1861.
On most 1861 half pennies there are no designer's initials (L.C.W.) on the reverse. However, on some coins it is found on the rock under Britannia's feet, to the left of the lighthouse.
Apart from the earlier reverse varieties (see Halfpenny 1860), Freeman also describes:
Similar to Reverse D but has the designer's initials L.C.W. incuse on the rock above the 8 and 6 of the date.
This is a distinctive reverse, with Britannia's shoulder smaller and the hair descending from the back of her head almost in line with the arm. The details of her breastplate are in relief. The rim of the shield is flat, where previously it was recessed.
Similar to Reverse B, but Britannia's head is slightly larger. The breastplate has incuse lines. The lighthouse is not as narrow as before, and the windows are larger; there is a small door at the right on its base. The linear circle is closer to the toothed border.