Half Farthings

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Issued originally in 1828 for use in Ceylon, Half Farthings were officially made current in the United Kingdom from 1842 to 1869.

Two Reverses occur for 1828 and 1830 :

Reverse A. (Normal.) Slightly larger Britannia, easily distinguished by the trident prongs reaching well into the line of the lettering.

Reverse B. (Very rare.) Smaller Britannia, readily distinguished by the trident prongs ending below the lettering.

Also, Large Date (normal) and Small Date (rarer) occur on the obverse for currency in 1830. (Large Date for 1828 only occurs as a Bronzed Proof.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1828 Reverse A (Normal). Small Date. BMC 1446. GVF/Near EF £45.00
Click here to view picture 1830 Reverse A. Large Date (Normal). BMC 1450. Fine £20.00
Click here to view picture 1830 Reverse A. Large Date (Normal). BMC 1450. GVF £35.00
Click here to view picture 1839 Near EF £25.00
Click here to view picture 1839 Near EF £25.00
Click here to view picture 1839 GEF £45.00
Click here to view picture 1839 GEF hints of lustre £50.00
Click here to view picture 1842 GEF toned/Unc good lustre £80.00
1844 Almost VF £2.25
1844 VF £2.50
1844 GVF £3.50
Click here to view picture 1847 GEF traces of lustre £40.00
Click here to view picture 1851 A/Unc good lustre on the reverse. £90.00
Click here to view picture 1851 5 over a higher 5 in the date. GEF hints of lustre £75.00
Click here to view picture 1851 5 over a higher 5 in the date. A/Unc traces of lustre £85.00
Click here to view picture 1851 5 over a higher 5 in the date. Unc good lustre. Rare. (See photo for close-up of this variety.)

(Recorded by Spink as 5 over 0 and priced at £185 in Unc)
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Click here to view picture 1852 EF £30.00
Click here to view picture 1852 EF £30.00
Click here to view picture 1852 GEF traces of lustre £40.00
Click here to view picture 1852 GEF lustre £45.00
Click here to view picture 1868 Cupro-nickel Proof. BMC 1604. Small carbon spot affecting the reverse rim at 11pm, otherwise about FDC. Excessively rare. Sold

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