Three Halfpence 1835, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Three Halfpence 1835, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1971)
CoinThree Halfpence 1835

The British three halfpence was a silver coin worth one and and a half penny (1½d) or 1/160th of a pre-decimal Pound Sterling ("d" is abbreviated from "denarius" - the Roman coin from which the penny is directly descended).

The denomination was produced for circulation in the British colonies, mainly in Ceylon, British Guiana, and the British West Indies as well as Mauritius and Sierra Leone which used the ordinary British currency. It was issued each year between 1834 and 1843, and also in 1860 and 1862; proof coins were also produced in 1870. It was a rough equivalent to the Indian Anna coin and to the Spanish-American quarter real used in Jamaica. The design and size are similar to the silver Maundy penny coins except for the crowned 1½ on the reverse.

The coin is considered to be part of the British coinage because it has no indication of what country it was minted for, being made in the same style as the other contemporary coins of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage634,000
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Three Halfpence 1835 - obverse photo

Within a beaded border, the bare head of King William IV facing right (portrait by William Wyon). There are no designer's initials below.

Around, the monarch's legend GULIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:; translated from Latin: William the Fourth, by the Grace of God, King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse Inscription GULIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Reverse
United Kingdom / Three Halfpence 1835 - reverse photo

Within an open oak wreath, the numeral value (one and a half penny).

Above the value, St Edward's Crown. Named after Saint Edward the Confessor, it has been traditionally used to crown English and British monarchs at their coronations since the 13th century (with a two-century gap between 1689 and 1911).

Divided by the value, the date of issue: 1835.

Reverse Inscription 1½ 1835
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Krause lists the regular coin (no overdate) with the note that it "requires confirmation", with mintage included in the 800,000 figure of the previous year, and the entire mintage of this year as overdate.

Three Halfpence 1835: Known varieties
Variety 1835/4 Overdate
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Three Halfpence 1835: References to Information Used
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Three Halfpence 1835: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeThree Halfpence
Issued1835
MonarchKing William IV
EffigyKing William IV - Portrait by William Wyon
ReverseSt Edward's Crown
Face Value1 1/2 (x Penny)
Total Mintage634,000
CurrentNo; demonetised 1971
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size12.000 mm
Mass0.710 g
OCC IDJPMV-ROAP-CLJK-ENQG
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