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Coin - 1/2 Cent, New Brunswick, Canada, 1861 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12882

1/2 Cent, Issued by, New Brunswick, Canada, 1861
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
In 1860 New Brunswick adopted a decimal system based on the gold dollar of the United States of America unlike Nova Scotia where their dollar had been set at 5 to the pound sterling. 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 but while Nova Scotia required a 1/2 cent denomination to play a part in change for a sixpence, New Brunswick did not. The Royal Mint prepared 1/2 cent coins for both colonies but the mistake was soon noted and most of the New Brunswick 1/2 cents were melted. A few hundred (including this example) from the 220,800 pieces struck at the Royal Mint 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.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 20 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.782 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: 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 - New Brunswick
Tertiary Classification: working 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, NEW BRUNSWICK
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Colony of New Brunswick, New Brunswick, Canada, 1861
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1861
Artist: Leonard Wyon - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain
References: KM#5
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900, 2006

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