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Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, Jamaica, 1871 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 13654

1/2 Penny, Issued by, Jamaica, 1871
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
From 1834 Imperial silver coins in the denominations of shilling, 6 pence, 3 pence and 3 halfpence were supplied to Jamaica. Copper and bronze coins were unpopular so in 1868 the Governor proposed a coinage in nickel, pence and 1/2 pence were authorised by an Order in Council of 11 November 1869, farthings by a local law in 1880. The coins are actually struck in a nickle bronze (80% copper and 20% nickel).

Dr. Howat acquired this coin at the closure of the Sydney Mint in 1926. It had formed part of the Mint's exhibit at the 1879-80 Sydney International Exhibition being provided by the Royal Mint, London for that purpose.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 25 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.599 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions sydney international 1879-1880, 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: Jamaica
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1871 AD
Denomination: 1/2 Penny
Obverse Description: Within a beaded circle, a diademed head of the Queen facing left; around, VICTORIA QUEEN; below between two roses, 1871
Reverse Description: Within a beaded circle a shield bearing the arms and crest of the colony, around below on scroll INDUS UTERQUE SERVIET UNI; around, JAMAICA HALF PENNY
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Cupro Nickel
Issued By: Jamaica, 1871
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1871
Artist: Leonard Wyon - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1869
References: KM#16
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900, 2006

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