Bronze coin; Denomination: Halfpenny
Royal Mint, London
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
The circulation copper halfpenny with Britannia on the reverse was struck for Queen Victoria between 1839 and 1859. It was discontinued in 1860 when it was replaced by this smaller bronze penny. This coin was part of the Melbourne Mint's exhibit at the 1880 and 1888 Melbourne International Exhibitions.
Bust of Queen Victoria facing left wearing bodice and a mantle decorated with rose, thistle and shamrock; in her hair a wreath of leaves and berries tied at back with ribbon, her hair drawn to a plaited bun behind, she wears a circular broach; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITT: REG: F: D:
Britannia seated facing right on a rock wearing a helmet and breastplate with flowing dress; she holds a trident and rests her right hand on a shield which bears the combined crosses of the Union Flag; at right a ship sailing away; at left, a lighthouse; around, HALF PENNY; in exergue, 1860.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Type of item
25 mm (Outside Diameter), 5.86 g (Weight)
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