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1937 Halfpenny British | British Halfpenny 1937

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1937 Halfpenny British | British Halfpenny 1937

1937 Halfpenny British  George VI  Coin

26,402 Proof issue

George VI 1937: This Brushwood Coin Note is the first in the series and explores one of the favourite coins - the ‘ship’ halfpenny - the reverse was inspired by Sir Francis Drake’s “Golden Hind.” The design was created by Mr T H Paget OBE in 1937, and you will find his initials (HP) in the field below the stern on each coin.

Type 1: IND IMP

  • Colloquially written ha'penny, there were 480 in one pound sterling; coin was 25.48mm in diameter, and weighed 5.67g

The British pre-decimal halfpenny (½d) coin, usually simply known as a halfpenny was a unit of currency that equalled half of a penny or one four-hundred-and-eightieth of a pound sterling. Originally the halfpenny was minted in copper, but after 1860 it was minted in bronze. It ceased to be legal tender in 1969. The halfpenny featured two different designs on its obverse during its years in circulation. From 1672 until 1936 the image of Britannia appeared on the reverse, and from 1937 onwards the image of the Golden Hind appeared. Like all British coinage, it bore the portrait of the monarch on the obverse. The original reverse of the bronze version of the coin, designed by Leonard Charles Wyon, is a seated Britannia, holding a trident, with the words HALF PENNY to either side. Issues before 1895 also feature a lighthouse to Britannia's left and a ship to her right. Various minor adjustments to the level of the sea depicted around Britannia, and the angle of her trident were also made over the years. Some issues feature toothed edges, while others feature beading.

1937 Halfpenny British | British Halfpenny 1937 Halfpenny  
Coin Type: Halfpenny Country: British
Alloy: Bronze Year: 1937
Diameter: 25.48mm Weight: 5.65 g
Mint: London Mint Number Minted: 24,504,000

Date SoldDescriptionSoldbySellprice
2016 Jan 1937-British-Half-Penny-George-Vi On Offer Ebay£3
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