1/2 New Penny, Issued by Guernsey, 1971
Minted by Royal Mint, London

Obverse Description

A copy of the seal of the Baliwick of Guernsey granted by Edward I, a shield with three lions; around, S'BALLIVIE INSVLE DE GERNEREVE

Reverse Description

At centre, 1/2; above, NEW PENNY; below, 1971

Edge Description



In preperation for decimal coinage the 5 and 10 new pence coins were introduced in 1968, followed by 50 new pence coins in 1969. Decimalization took place in 1971 and the ½, 1 and 2 new pence coins were introduced. These coins were the same size and composition as the corresponding British coins. The word "new" was dropped in 1977.

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