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Proof Coin - 1/2 Cent, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1864 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12905

Proof 1/2 Cent, Issued by, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1864
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 could be given for a 6 pence.

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)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, exhibitions melbourne international centennial 1888-1889, british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins, nova scotia cent
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: 1864 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 1864; around above, HALF CENT; below, NOVA SCOTIA
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1864
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1864
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

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