Three Halfpence 1842, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Three Halfpence 1842, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1971)
CoinThree Halfpence 1842

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 Mintage1,869,000 (1.9 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Three Halfpence 1842 - obverse photo

Young effigy of Queen Victoria, facing left; the portrait is by William Wyon and is widely known as her "Young Head".

The Queen's hair is bound with a double fillet (ribbon) and collected into a knot behind.

Around, the monarch's legend: VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:. Translated from Latin: Victoria, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Britains, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse Inscription VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Reverse
United Kingdom / Three Halfpence 1842 - 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: 1842.

Reverse Inscription 1½ 1842
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
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Three Halfpence 1842: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeThree Halfpence
Issued1842
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyQueen Victoria - Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head)
ReverseSt Edward's Crown
Face Value1 1/2 (x Penny)
Total Mintage1,869,000 (1.9 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1971
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size12.000 mm
Mass0.710 g
OCC IDJWMR-AEQP-CGDR-OYPL
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Great Britain, Victoria, 1-1/2 Pence, 1842
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Great Britain, Victoria, 1-1/2 Pence, 1842
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Coin - 3 Halfpence, Jamaica, 1842
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Coin - 3 Halfpence, Jamaica, 1842
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