1/2 Penny, Issued by Jamaica, 1888
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Within a beaded circle, a diademed head of the Queen facing left; around, VICTORIA QUEEN; below between two roses, 1888
Within a beaded circle a shield bearing the arms and crest of the colony, around below on scroll INDUS UTERQUE SERVIET UNI; around, JAMAICA HALF PENNY
From 1834 Imperial silver coins in the denominations of shilling, 6 pence, 3 pence and 3 halfpence were supplied to Jamaica. Copper and bronze coins were unpopular so in 1868 the Governor proposed a coinage in nickel, pence and 1/2 pence were authorised by an Order in Council of 11 November 1869, farthings by a local law in 1880. The coins are actually struck in an alloy of 80% copper and 20% nickel.
This coin is part of a date set collected by Alfred Chitty in Australia, most coins show circulation wear.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Alfred Chitty, 15/3/1976
Type of item
5.46 g (Weight)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900.