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Coin - 1/2 Penny, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1856 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 7556

1/2 Penny, Issued by Nova Scotia, Canada, 1856
Minted by Heaton & Sons, Birmingham
Statement Of Significance:
The local legislature of Nova Scotia had sought the right to issue coins in 1817 and got as far as legislation being passed in Britain (Act (57 Geo. III. c.2)) but this failed to gain Royal Assent. In 1824 they ordered tokens from a firm in Birmingham without seeking approval from the Home Office. These proved successful and further orders were made in 1832, 1840 and 1843. On 25 October 1855 they sought approval for a further issue. This was approved by the British Treasury and resulted in a new authorised issue in 1856 still using the word 'token', an indication that the metal content of the pieces was not full value.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.627 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Leonard Charles Wyon, Engraver (1826-1891), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Canada - Nova Scotia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1856 AD
Denomination: 1/2 Penny
Obverse Description: Diademed head of the Queen facing left; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D: 1856
Reverse Description: A branch of mayflower with leaves and blossoms; around, PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA HALFPENNY TOKEN
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1856
Artist: Leonard Wyon - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1856
Designer: John Thompson, (1855 - 1856)
References: KM#5
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900, 2006

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