Similar items over time

Proof Coin - 1/2 Cent, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1861 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12904

Proof 1/2 Cent, Issued by, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1861
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
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 couuld be given for a 6 pence. In 1860 New Brunswick also adopted a decimal system but based on the gold dollar of the United States of America. The outcome of this was that the British 6 pence was worth 12 cents in New Brunswick but 12 1/2 cents in Nova Scotia. Both colonies ordered new decimal coins from the Royal Mint dated 1861. New Brunswick did not need the 1/2 cent denomination but the Royal Mint prepared 1/2 cent coins for both colonies. The mistake was soon noted and most of the New Brunswick 1/2 cents were melted. A few hundred from the 220,800 pieces struck are thought to have survived by being mixed with the Nova Scotia 1/2 cents and then shipped to Halifax. They did not circulate in New Brunswick, but in Nova Scotia.

This coin formed part of the Mint's exhibit at both Melbourne International Exhibitions
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 20 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.817 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, exhibitions melbourne international centennial 1888-1889, british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Leonard Charles Wyon, Engraver (1826-1891), Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Canada - Nova Scotia
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
DateEra: 1861 AD
Denomination: 1/2 Cent
Obverse Description: Laureate bust of the Queen facing left; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRIT: REG: F:D:
Reverse Description: Within a wreath of roses and mayflowers, a beaded circle around a crown above the date 1861; around above, HALF CENT; below, NOVA SCOTIA
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1861
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1861
Artist: Leonard Wyon - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1861
References: KM#7
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900, 2006

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.
Yes No