Proof 1/2 Cent, Issued by, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1864
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Laureate bust of the Queen facing left; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRIT: REG: F:D:
Within a wreath of roses and mayflowers, a beaded circle around a crown above the date 1864; around above, HALF CENT; below, NOVA SCOTIA
In 1859 Nova Scotia adopted the decimal system. Their dollar would equal 1/5 th of a pound sterling. In Nova Scotia therefore the British 6 pence, a coin in circulation in Nova Scotia, equaled 12 1/2 cents so Nova Scotia needed a 1/2 cent denomination so that change could be given for a 6 pence.
This coin formed part of the Mint's exhibit at both Melbourne International Exhibitions
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Type of item
20 mm (Outside Diameter), 2.817 g (Weight)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900.