1/2 Penny, Issued by, Jamaica, 1871
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Within a beaded circle, a diademed head of the Queen facing left; around, VICTORIA QUEEN; below between two roses, 1871
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 a nickle bronze (80% copper and 20% nickel).
Dr. Howat acquired this coin at the closure of the Sydney Mint in 1926. It had formed part of the Mint's exhibit at the 1879-80 Sydney International Exhibition being provided by the Royal Mint, London for that purpose.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Dr William Howat, 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
25 mm (Outside Diameter), 5.599 g (Weight)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900.