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18th Century Virginia Halfpenny Token

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1939N505
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1773 - 1773


This is a ‘Virginia Halfpenny’. Despite the name, and the fact that they look so much like real coins of King George III, these were not officially issued coins of the colony of Virginia. (They were made in 1773, before the American colonies rebelled). Instead it seems likely that they were produced in England, possibly for shipping to Virginia as a speculative venture, to take advantage of the well-known shortage of coins in the American colonies.

Purchased from Executors of Henry Samuel Gunn.

Further Information

Reign:King George III
Production Period:Georgian
Denomination:1/2d - halfpenny
Currency:Virginia, USA
Place of Origin:England - possibly

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Diameter:24.4 mm