British & English Copper Coin collecting

GEORGE II HALFPENNY

GEORGE II HALFPENNY

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GEORGE II 1727-1760.

Parents: George I and Sophia Dorothea
Relation to Elizabeth II: 5th great-grandfather
House of: Hanover
Ascended to the throne: June 11, 1727 aged 43 years
Crowned: October 11, 1727 at Westminster Abbey
Married: Caroline, daughter of Margrave of Brandenburg
Children: Four sons and five daughters
Died: October 25, 1760 at Kensington Palace, aged 76 years, 11 months, and 25 days
Buried at: Westminster
Reigned for: 33 years, 4 months, and 15 days
Succeeded by: his grandson George III

George II was born in Hanover the son of George I and Sophia of Celle. He married Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach in 1705 an attractive and intelligent women, and they had 9 children.The coinage of George II was minted for 25 years the earlier issue obverse designed was by John croker and the last obverse ( old head ) was by John sigismund tanner another German with excellent skill.

As for the reverse no one is entirely sure its between Tanner, Croker, or Johann Rudolph Ochs, Clive Wilson peck author of English copper, tin and bronze coins in the British Museum 1558-1958 seems to think it was Croker due to such good workman’s ship and he is probably right. The whole George II copper coinage is very long and most absorbing with challenges from beginning to end.

 

 


 

 

GEORGE II Young head halfpennies 1729-1739.

1729 Halfpennies. 

 

 

GIIH29. George II halfpenny 1729 first year standard issue 10.00 grams 29 mm seen ( many ) rare in this grade and no doubt the scarcest year of this young head issue. Coin grades Extremely fine or better.

 

 

 

GIIH291. George II halfpenny 1729   Copper Proof no stop after GEORGIVS. 9.3 grams 28.5mm Seen (10 ) BMC 835 Nicholson 208, accidentally put into circulation. Well struck as proofs are very rare this coin grades good very fine.

 

 

 

GIIH292. George II halfpenny 1729  No stop Reverse & 2 over 2 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.95 grams & 28 mm in size. These halfpennies are very rare ive only seen 6-7 specimens certainly no more,  there much rarer than the usual books suggest. Halfpenny grades nearly very fine.

 

 

 

giih192A. George II halfpenny 1729 No stop Reverse & a different obverse die to above example Halfpenny weighs 9.43 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Its probably certain this halfpenny has a different reverse as well as obverse die, the higher 2 on the above example was entered first, this lower, straighter, and in context with the other numbers 2, was entered the same time along with the rest of the date.

Halfpenny grades reverse very fine / obverse good very fine with micro porous surfaces.

 

 

 

GIIH293.  George II halfpenny 1729  Two stops on reverse  Halfpenny weighs 8.98 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Different obverse to below examples. Re-entered stop to strengthen a fading stop and completely missed i assume. There is a 1736 double stop in this collection, there extremely rare and seldom seen in any context, halfpenny grades reverse nearly fair / obverse very worn but problem free and clear to see both stops.

 

 

 

GIIH294. George II halfpenny 1729 Two stops on reverse  Halfpenny weighs 9.55 grams & 29mm in size. Wonderful grade & example on this double reverse stop. There are other double reverse stops examples in this collection but none this good.

The two small holes on the obverse ( 1 o`clock )  were almost certain to have happen when stuck as very little wear has occurred. Halfpenny grades reverse extremely fine / obverse nearly extremely fine with some luster still present in places.

 

 

 

GIIH294A.  George II halfpenny 1729 Two stops on reverse with small thin flan. Halfpenny weighs 7.18 grams & 25.75 mm in size, extremely worn with a third stop before the B in Britannia. This halfpenny also has a different obverse to the first above entry, the combinations and variants seems endless and as no records or procedures survive to date its impossible to know how many there are. Halfpenny grades poor but clear and problem free.

 

GIIH294B. George II Halfpenny 1729 Two stops reverse with distinctive Obverse die flaw Halfpenny weighs 10.01 grams & 29 mm in size. The same as above examples except GIIH293 which is from a different die, this example has a distinctive Obverse die flaw indicating its a very later strike but at the same time helping to identify the piece.

An attractive tone and a problem free halfpenny which grades overall nearly very fine with a stronger reverse.

 

 


 

1730 Halfpennies. 

GIIH30. George II halfpenny 1730 Stop after date  Halfpenny weighs 10.12 grams & 29 mm in size. Only 11 seen to date making this halfpenny very rare, BMC number 838 & Nicholson number 212.  The stop is very clear with excellent fields, halfpenny grades very fine or slightly better.

 

GIIH301. George II halfpenny 1730 Extra stop on reverse stop after first N  Halfpenny weighs 10.40 grams & 29.5 mm in size. The two examples in this collection are the only two i have ever seen, originally brought as possibly no stops which i believed for some time until the below example turned up. Flan is on the larger size with very small stops just about visible with a powerful glass, halfpenny grades about fine.

 

GIIH302. George II halfpenny 1730 Extra stop on reverse stop after first N  Halfpenny weighs 9.61 grams & 29mm in size.  The two examples in this collection are the only two i have ever seen, this extra stop configuration also exists in the George III halfpenny issues. Looking under high magnification this extra stop looks to me 100% convincing. Extremely rare coin which grades reverse very fine / obverse nearly very fine.

 

GIIH303. George II halfpenny 1730 Missing R in GEORGIVS Says GEOGIVS  Halfpenny weighs 8.68 grams & 29.25mm in size, only 9 examples seen to date. BMC number 837 & Nicholson number 211, well on the thinner side for this issue of George II halfpennies. Very rare and quite difficult to acquire above very fine as most examples ive seen were lower in grade. Halfpenny grades good very fine with weak areas as often is the case.

 

GIIH303A. George II halfpenny 1730 Missing R in GEORGIVS says GEOGIVS Halfpenny weighs 9.97 grams & 30 mm in size, only 9 examples seen to date. BMC number 837 & Nicholson number 211. A good round flan remarkably with a reverse stop which is even rarer, halfpenny grades fine or slightly better.

 

GIIH303B. George II halfpenny 1730 Missing R in GEORGE says GEOGIVS Halfpenny weighs 10.12 grams & 27.75mm in size, just 9 examples seen to date. BMC number 837 & Nicholson number 211. Made from good copper and a full round flan, the reverse stop has faded away but a die flaw has appeared which can be mistaken for a reverse stop. Halfpenny grades good fine or slightly better.

 

GIIH304. George II Halfpenny 1730 stop after date  Halfpenny weighs 9.75 grams & 29.5mm in size measured from  3 & 9 o’clock & 28.75mm measured from 12 & 6 o’clock. Only 11 seen to date making this halfpenny very rare, BMC number 838 & Nicholson number 212. Halfpenny grades very fine with clear smooth fields.

 

GIIH305. George II Halfpenny 1730 possibly no stop reverse. Halfpenny weighs 9.94 grams & 29.5mm in size, there may possibly be the ghosting of a stop so better clearer example is needed to be sure. Halfpenny grades a problem free good fine.


 

1731 Halfpennies.  

 

GIIH31. George II halfpenny 1731 Standard issue  Halfpenny weighs 9.04 grams & 29mm in size. All George II Halfpennies are rare in higher grades, this halfpenny grades extremely fine.

 

GHII311. George II halfpenny 1731 No stops obverse  Halfpenny weighs 8.98 grams & 29mm in size. This is the only example i have Seen of this no stops obverse, if genuine this halfpenny is extremely rare in any grade. Halfpenny grades nearly fine.

 

GHII312. George II halfpenny 1731 No reverse stop  Halfpenny weighs 9.35 grams & 28mm in size. Different to ( as there’s several 1731 no reverse stop ) BMC number 841 & Nicholson number 217, which is the rarer of the three or four know example that exists im unsure. Halfpenny grades reverse good fine / obverse nearly very fine.


 

1732 Halfpennies. 

 

GIIH32. George II halfpenny 1732  32 over 31 in date No stop reverse  Halfpenny weighs 9.69 grams & 28 mm in size, ive Seen around 25-30 various types. Dr Nicholson number 220 and certainly a rare halfpenny which grades nearly fine.

 

GIIH32A. George II halfpenny 1732  32 over 31 in date No stop reverse  Halfpenny weighs 10.06 grams & 29 mm in size, as above but a clearer 32 over 31 and grade. Dr Nicholson number 220 and no doubt a rare halfpenny which grades about extremely fine with general surface issue.

 

 

GIIH321. George II halfpenny 1732  32 over 31 in date No stop reverse  Halfpenny weighs 9.63 grams & 27.75 mm in size, ive Seen around 25-30 various types. Nicholson number 221 and certainly a rare coin which grades fine.

 

GIIH321A.  George II halfpenny 1732  32 over 31 in date No stop reverse  Halfpenny weighs 9.52 grams & 29.5 mm in size, as above with a much clearer 32 over 31. Nicholson number 221 and no doubt a rare halfpenny which grades fine with general surface issues.

 

 

GIIH322. George II halfpenny 1732 2 over 1 in date with reverse stop  Halfpenny weighs 8.43 grams 29mm ive Seen around 25-30 various types. Nicholson 219, very rare coin which grades good fair.

 

 

GIIH323. George II halfpenny 1732 No reverse stop   Halfpenny weighs 9.38 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Only 20 Seen to date, this example is different to the Dr Nicholson example which i shall call type one so i know which one im referring to. The examples i have seen were only remembered by the missing stop not by die type so i can not say which of these is the rarer but all are very hard to acquire in a collectible grade. This halfpenny is type two and grades bold good fine +.

 

 

GIIH324. George II halfpenny 1732  Small B in Britannia  Halfpenny weighs 9.14 grams & 28.25 mm in size. 1732 is probably the second scarcest date of this George II young head issue of halfpennies, the scarcest being the 1729. Halfpenny grades about very fine.

 

 

GIIH325. George II halfpenny 1732  High 2 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.80 grams & 28.75 mm in size, unusual to see a datal number so high.  Halfpenny grades reverse good fine / obverse nearly very fine with a weak center strike.

 

 

GIIH326. George II halfpenny 1732  Small brockage on NIA in Britannia  Halfpenny weighs 9.00 grams & 28.25 mm in size. This can be common on some coinage issues, this particular example haa an incurse backwards REX. Halfpenny grades bold good fine.

 

 

GIIH327. George II halfpenny 1732  No stop reverse  Halfpenny weighs 9.32 grams 27.75 mm in size. This coin is type three and is excessively similar to GIIH323 but has slight differences, its also different to Dr Nicholson number 224 &  BMC number 843.  So far we know now of five different types of no stop on reverse dated 1732 and a very similar amount or possibly more to the 1731 no stop reverse. This coin grades nearly very fine with superb smooth surfaces and is no doubt a very weak strike due the gritty center on reverse and obverse.

 

GIIH328. George II halfpenny 1732  No stop reverse  Halfpenny weighs 9.98 grams & 29 mm in size . This coin is type four and shows similar differences to the others except type four has a straight date, type five is similar except the 1 in the date is higher amongst other minor differences. Halfpenny grades fine and is rare.

 


 

 

1733 Halfpennies. 

 

GIIH33. George II halfpenny 1733 Defective 3 punch used in date   Halfpenny weighs 10.11 grams & 28mm in size. It is worth understand what numbers look like when they become defective as this will help so much on dates like 1734 halfpennies. Halfpenny grades practically very fine.

 

 

 

 

GIIH331. George II halfpenny 1733 D for B in Britannia says Dritannia  Halfpenny weighs 9.78 grams & 28.5mm in size. Just this example seen to date. There are various types of D over B 1734 halfpennies known but not 1733, this example is not that strong but evident. Coin grades fine and must be very rare at least.

 

 

 

GIIH332. George II halfpenny 1733 Dritannia just about with defective R & 3`s in date & a thin flan  Halfpenny weighs 7.79 grams 28mm 0.7mm thick. Halfpenny grades fair.

 

 

 

GIIH332. George II halfpenny 1733 R over B in BRITANNIA with possibly an extra stop on Obverse Halfpenny weighs 9.64 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Dr Nicholson number 227 and a super example which grades nearly very fine & no doubt very rare, probably extremely rare as this and Dr Nicholson’s are solely the only examples ive seen to date .

 

 

 

GII333. George II halfpenny 1733 No stop reverse Halfpenny weighs 9.29 grams & 28.5 mm in size. not a bad example which grades fair, missing stop looks genuine as George II and second issue George I halfpennies are  quite reliable for there stops.

 

 


1734 Halfpennies. 

 

 

GIIH34. George II halfpenny 1734  4 0ver 4 in date  Halfpenny weighs 10.10 grams & 29 mm in size. Only the main shaft and rear serifs still remaining but rare at least, halfpenny grades reverse very fine / obverse about very fine.

 

 

GIIH341. George II halfpenny 1734  4 over 0 or 3 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.27 grams & 27.5 mm in size. With only 4 seen to date making this type of halfpenny extremely rare. This type rarely turns up in any grade, coins a little dirty but grades good fine and is extremely rare.

 

 

GIIH342. George II halfpenny 1734  4 over 3 over probably a Roman I   Halfpenny weighs 8.75 grams & 28 mm Seen in size, with just 3 0r 4 seen. Dr Nicholson number 228 & BMC number 846 reverse but obverse is a different die which makes good study, a very rare halfpenny which grades reverse good fair / obverse fair with a reasonably clear over date.

 

 

 

GIIH342A. George II halfpenny 1734  4 over 3 over probably a Roman I  Halfpenny weighs 9.29 grams & 28 mm in size Seen ( 1 or 2 ) this coin shares the same reverse as GIIH342 the above coin but has a different obverse, including the Dr Nicholson example that’s three different obverse dies now know for this reverse. A extremely rare and very important halfpenny which grades fine.

 

 

 

GIIH342A. George II halfpenny 1734 4 over 3 over probably a Roman I Halfpenny weighs 9.76 grams & in mm size. One of many 3 over 4, this example being the same as the above GIIH342A but a different obverse to GIIH342. Rare and very tricky to find in a collectible grade, halfpenny grades fine with edgy and porous services.

 

 

 

GIIH343. George II halfpenny 1734   4 over 4 over 3 over Roman I  Halfpenny weighs 10.72 grams & 28.5 mm in size. This and the below specimen are solely the only example i have Seen to date, this halfpenny is not in the Dr Nicholson collection as like many other 1734 dates listed here. An extremely rare halfpenny and the only example i have seen to date and in wonderful condition.

I have made quite an interest in this halfpenny date along with 1736 halfpenny & 1736 farthing, i have searched high and low for these three denominations in a personal quest to further my collection and many examples in this collection are attributed to that. All specimens from those searches will grow further in time helping my self and others in a better understanding of coins. This Halfpenny grades reverse practically very fine / obverse very fine.

 

 

 

GIIH343A. George II halfpenny 1734 4 over 4 over 3 over Roman I Halfpenny weighs 9.32 grams & 28.5 mm in size. This and the above specimen are solely the only example i have Seen to date, this halfpenny is not in the Dr Nicholson collection as like many other 1734 dates listed here. An extremely rare halfpenny and the second example i have seen to date, halfpenny grades fine with good metal surfaces.

 

 

 

 

GIIH344. George II halfpenny 1734   4 over lower 4 & D over B or inverted B over B says Dritannia  10.78 grams & 28.75 mm in size.  Only 3-4 seen of this die ?,  this example clearly shows 4 over lower 4 and is not 4 over 1 as the Dr Nicholson 230 claims to be, also ( Dritannia ) is not mention D over B or inverted B over B which is interesting. In my opinion taking into consideration my personal quest with this date this coin is very rare and worth collecting in any grade. Halfpenny grades good fine or very slightly better, very rare coin.

 

 

 

 

GIIH345. George II halfpenny 1734  4 over higher 4 over 3 over 1 or ( I ) roman I ? & Dritannia.  Halfpenny weighs 9.18 grams & 29mm mm in size.  A very rare halfpenny with very few seen to date, Dr Nicholson number 229 and not 4 over 3 over 1 as thought. This listing is the same as the next two coins underneath GIIH346 & GIIH347 but in various grades and wear to the date which is the most important criteria on this 4 over higher 4 over 3 over 1 or ( I ) roman I ?, rather than the overall grades its self. Please read the attached notes for this example. This coin grades reverse fine / obverse good fine, very rare coin and seldom seen in higher grades.

 

 

 

 

GIIH346. George II halfpenny 1734  4 over higher 4 over 3 over 1 or ( I ) roman I ?. & Dritannia  Halfpenny weighs 8.93 grams & 28.75 mm in size. A very rare halfpenny with very few seen to date, Dr Nicholson 229 this coin is the same as above and below numbers GIIH345. & GIIH347. Please see the above write up for possible explanation, though the error is in different stages of wear its easy to see how it could be mistaken or look different on a weaker worn or an example struck near the end of the dies life with very little evidence remaining of the original error or errors. A very rare coin in any grade.

 

 

 

 

GIIH347. George II halfpenny 1734  4 over higher 4 over 3 over 1 or ( I ) roman I ?. & Dritannia  Halfpenny weighs 9.40 grams & 29 mm in size. A very rare halfpenny with very few seen to date, Dr Nicholson 229 this coin is the same as the above two examples GIIH346. &  GIIH345. Please see the above write up for possible explanation, though the error is in different stages of wear and its easy to see how it could be mistaken or look different on a weaker worn,or an example struck at the end of the dies life with very little evidence remaining of the original error or errors. A very rare coin in any grade.

 

 

 

 

GIIH347. George II halfpenny 1734   4 over lower 4 over Roman I again possibly again & Dritannia  Halfpenny weighs 10.26 grams & 29 mm in size. Im unsure to how many ive seen over time but its no more than 6. The entire date has been re-punched just slightly lower than the original but yet again this possible Roman one has turned up again i can understand in this case the main stem continuing downwards because of the lower 4 but it also continues upwards as well, defective punch or ? ( please see write up on GIIH345 ) for a possible explanation. There`s also the question of Dritannia again ?, halfpenny grades Obverse fine / reverse may be slightly better.

 

 

 

 

GIIH348. George II halfpenny 1734 Dritannia date to the far left of exergue  Halfpenny weighs 9.05 grams & 28 mm in size. Ive seen very coins with Dritannia, halfpenny has been struck slightly off center exaggerating the date to the left, also another type of Dritannia. Rare at least halfpenny grades about fine.

 

 

 

 

GIIH349. George II halfpenny 1734  Dritannia with longer slimmer D & 4 over 1  Halfpenny weighs 8.98 grams, this example with a slim D & Dritannia is the only example i have seen. On closer inspection the bar is weak in the B and granular surfaces do not help, also the 4 is over extended at the top suggesting a possible Roman one. A rare coin at least and in fine condition.

 

 

 

 

GIIH3410. George II halfpenny 1734  V over V in Georgivs maybe Dritannia  Halfpenny weighs 9.55 grams & 29 mm in size. V over V in GEORGIVS does exist on a farthing also the B looks a little round and has lost its two bellies also the R next to the B looks as if its been improve with an i punch as it looks quite erratic. Halfpenny grades nearly very fine.

 

 

 

 

GIIH3411. George II halfpenny 1734  Dritannia & 4 over 1  Halfpenny weighs 9.71 grams & 29.25 mm in size. Ive Seen around 5 or 6 example, its quite possible there could be a lower 4 due to the length of the main upright stick of the 4 and the whole date has been re-punched, this is evident on other 1734 coins in this collection. The D is very strong on this example but this coin is suffering from granular surfaces making the lower 4 impossible to show up, very rare coin which grades very fine + with a porous flan.

 

 

 

 

GIIH3412. George II halfpenny 1734  4 over higher 4 over Roman I ?  Halfpenny weigh 8.72 grams & 29 mm in size. Seen just 3 of this very rare halfpenny,  the under 4 is so high it must have touched the higher line of the exergue as for the Roman one i cant be certain on this example but its often reliably there. I honestly have a strong feeling that there is a number 3 there as well so if a better examples turns up which it will it should read 4 over higher 4 over 3 over Roman I. Certainly a rare coin and another anomaly for future talks and debates, halfpenny grades reverse good fair / obverse fair.

 

 

 

GIIH3413. George II halfpenny 1734  Wide exergue lines Halfpenny weighs 9.35 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Certainly an uncommon and even scarce on this date, later George II halfpennies seemed to have wider exergue lines than earlier halfpennies did. Halfpenny grades reverse good fine / obverse strong bold good fine.

 

 

 

 

 

GIIH3414. George II halfpenny 1734  4 over 3 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.83 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Only 7-8 example seen to date, Dr Nicholson number 228 & BMC number 846. in fact know one will ever know if it is for sure its BMC number 846 as there’s potentially more possibilities than you can shake a stick at.  But there is no doubt it is 4 over 3 for sure and another different variant. Very rare coin and probably extremely rare, halfpenny grades practically fine and problem free.

 

 

 

 

GIIH3414. George II halfpenny 1734  4 over 3 over probably Roman one in date. Halfpenny weighs 9.55 grams & 28 mm in size, this coin shares the same reverse as GIIH342 but has a different obverse making it the same as Doctor Nicholson 228 / BMC 846?. An extremely rare coin which grades reverse really good fair / obverse fair and completely problem free.

 

 

 

 

GIIH3415. George II halfpenny 1734  4 over 3 in date Halfpenny weighs 9.03 grams & 28 mm in size. This example, both obverse & reverse are the same as GIIH3414 . George II 4 over 3 Halfpennies which ever variant are rare and extremely rare in high grades, this halfpenny grades fair with over date clear to see.

 

 

 

 

GIIH3416. George II halfpenny 1734   Extra obverse stop before II in legend  Halfpenny weighs 9.55 grams & 28 mm in size. Looks quite genuine even under a magnifier, halfpenny grades fine.

 

 

 

 

GIIH3416. George II halfpenny 1734  No stop reverse with a small 17 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.53 grams and 27.75 mm in size, Very rare and extremely rare if available in higher grades. Halfpenny grades nearly fine and is the first example ive seen since i began collecting in 1980.

 

 

 

 

GIIH3417. George II halfpenny 1734 DRITANNIA in Reverse legend  Halfpenny weighs 8.79 grams &  27.5 mm in size. This example is probably Dr Nicholson 236 though im not 100% sure. Half penny grades just fair but is an important find as are all Dritannia halfpennies.

 

 

 

GIIH3418. George II Halfpenny 1734 The origins of DRITANNIA with 4 over 1 ?.  Halfpenny weighs 8.40 grams & 27 mm in size. It does look very much like a die flaw but how it came to blunder eight plus different dies including one 1733 & one 1735  it very hard to say. All so the Roman one which i take off along with Doctor Nicholson may well start here as well, the 3 in this date has been re-entered along with probably the four with the original 4 faded all but the main horizontal stem.

Slightly under weight and under sized but an important little coin which brings my self closer in solving the 1734 Dritannia puzzle. Halfpenny grades practically fine.

 

 

 

GIIH3419. George II Halfpenny 1734 4 over 3 in date & no reverse stop Halfpenny weighs 8.08 grams & 28.5 mm in size, certainly on the lighter size. The lower part of the 3 has worn away even on the genuine 3, this is probably a defective 3 punch and unlikely from constant minting as these halfpennies don’t turn up that often.

The missing stop does look genuine, though a higher graded coin would help considerably to authenticate the piece. Halfpenny grades overall a problem free good fair.

 

 

 

GIIH3420. George II Halfpenny 1734 Y for V in GEORGIVS says GEORGIYS Halfpenny weighs 9.43 grams & 27.5 mm in size. Ive only seen this happen once before, that’s on a William III halfpenny WIIIH01 dated  1701  E over R in TERTIVS  Halfpenny grades fair or slightly better in places.

 

 

 

GII3421 George II Halfpenny 1734 D for B in Britannia says Dritannia. Halfpenny weighs 9.23 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Yet another different Dritannia for this collection, they just seem to keep coming along. Quite a good grade for such a coin, given the rarity of these halfpennies. The D is very clear on this clear problem free halfpenny which grades good fair.

 

 

 

GII3422 George II Halfpenny 1734 4 over 3 in date with smaller 1 & 7. Halfpenny weighs 9.09 grams & 28 mm in size. 1734 must have been the year of recycling with so many 1733 reverse dies used and probably 1732, 1731, & 1730. Why the mass recycling, ive know idea, but dies are expensive to produce and cash is more likely the reason why.

This halfpenny has a porous flan but is still clear enough to identify, halfpenny grades reverse fair / obverse nearly fine.

 

 

 

GII3423 George II Halfpenny 1734 4 over 3 over Roman I Halfpenny weighs 8.96 grams & 28.25 mm in size. Yet another 1733 dated die re-punched into 1734, as for the Roman I ?, it could be the result of our craftsman re-entering the 4 again but slightly to the left or right, this would strengthen the 4 and cover over our 3 a little more thus given us our Roman I.

After checking all the 1734 halfpennies in this collection its clear its now a new type of die ive not seen. My quest continues for more types of this fascinating date. Halfpenny grades fair.

 

 

 

 

GII3423 George II Halfpenny 1734 Triple tie bands & R in BRITANNIA strengthen with an I Halfpenny weighs 9.72 grams & 28.25 mm in size. Quite remarkable, and a practice possibly thought up in this coinage range of George II. There are other examples of this practice in this very collection.

The triple tie bands is not as conclusive as the 1736 halfpenny, but well worth the mention. Halfpenny grades a problem free fine +.

 

 

 

 

GII3424 George II Halfpenny 1734 4 over 3 over possibly some sort of Roman one . Halfpenny weighs 10.49 grams & 29 mm in size.

This find was quite exciting as its a new type of 4 over 3 ive not seen before, under close examination the Roman I in the date is made up of lots of tiny lines resembling chisel lines indicating there was some kind of attempt to obliterate a three or some other number.

Its quite likely that mine and Doctor Nicholson`s references as to 4 over 3 over 0` ( zero ) are just the serifs on the 4 splitting then joining the under number in this case a 3 making a perfect circular shape. If one draws on paper in the above order it becomes quite feasible, the letter E serifs often do this then some bright boy try`s to sell the piece as B over E i can guarantee it.

Halfpenny grades nearly very fine and is of good problem free metal.

 

 

 

 

GII3425 George II Halfpenny 1734 4 over 4 over 1 . Halfpenny weighs 11.18 grams & 29 mm in size. Quite a heavy flan for this issue. If the 4 is studied closely one will notice the top 4 is twisting to right just enough to cause the collector lots of problems as the die wears.

Its quite likely that mine and Doctor Nicholson`s references as to 4 over 3 over 0` ( zero ) are just the serifs on the 4 splitting as the die wears then joining the under number in this case a 4 making a perfect circular shape. If one draws on paper in the above order it becomes quite feasible, the letter E serifs often do this then some bright boy try`s to sell the piece as B over E i can guarantee it.

But what is a mystery is the straight piece running vertical, no doubt the bottom belongs the original 4 but the top piece is a mystery. Halfpenny grades a problem free good very fine with excellent metal.

 

 

 


 

 

1735 Halfpennies. 

 

GIIH35. George II halfpenny 1735   Triple Exergue & large date   Halfpenny weighs 10.10 grams & 29 mm, just this example on this date Seen with one exergue. I believe there’s more chance of seeing a single exergue than a triple. Its more than likely to be a rare coin but how rare im not sure, exergue lines can often get over looked when checking coins. This halfpenny grades nearly extremely fine with weak striking areas as often.

 

 

 

GIIH351. George II halfpenny 1735 Dritannia & Large date  Halfpenny weighs 10.01 grams & 28 mm  in size. This is the only example i have ever seen and the third consecutive year of Dritannia. Considering how many 1734 versions of Dritannia there were it was surly only a matter of time before one appeared on a 1735 date, i can only assume its rare as its the only example i have seen on a 1735 date. Halfpenny grades reverse about fine / obverse fine and quite possibly a metal detecting find.

 

 

 

 

GIIH352. George II halfpenny 1735  B over R in Britannia  Halfpenny weighs 9.77 grams & 28 mm in size. Ive only seen this example which show the B over R very clear, the front lower foot of the R can be seen in the attached pictures clearly. No doubt an extremely rare coin and in super clear condition. Halfpenny grades about good very fine.

 

 

 

 

GIIH353. George II halfpenny 1735  very Small date to left of exergue Reverse A Obverse A    Halfpenny weighs 9.35 grams & 28 mm in size.  So im told, the smaller dated halfpenny is the most common, if you look on the internet right now all your find is large date examples then the odd medium, and lastly the smaller date.

These date numerals are so small they must have been entered with a farthing punch, and the large exergue area make`s this more apparent. Small dated halfpennies don`t turn up that often and when they do its normally in lower grades, they are rarer of the three data sizes, next is medium, then larger dated halfpennies which are the more common.  smaller date halfpennies should be collected in a grade you can live with as higher grade examples are rare, halfpenny grades about fine.

 

 

 

 

GIIH354. George II halfpenny 1735 Small date 5 over 3 Reverse B Obverse B  Halfpenny weighs 9.93 grams & 29 mm in size. This example is different to the above issue. Small dated halfpennies are rare in higher grades, and turn up less frequently than medium or large date. The entered 5 could have been entered to strengthen a weak 3 or simply accidentally, this can be seen more than once on the George II Farthing issue.

This halfpenny has all the similarities as the 1735 farthing, the 3 is broken at the bottom but the end is visible. Its not surprising to find an error on this date as its so small and resembles the farthing down to a tea, it should have been called 1735 farthing date halfpenny as its a lot nicer. Halfpenny grades fine maybe slightly better in places with some surface issues.

 

 

 

 

GIIH354A.  George II halfpenny 1735 Small date 3 over 5 Reverse B Obverse B Halfpenny weighs 9.12 grams & 28 mm in size. As above halfpenny, i still find it hard to believe that this small date is supposed to be the most common?, a lesson in believing in what you see and experience rather what books and the internet tell us…. Halfpenny grades fine with porous surfaces.

 

 

 

GIIH355. George II halfpenny 1735 Small date or farthing date Reverse B Obverse B  Halfpenny weighs 9.65 grams & 28 mm in size. Small date , with a very strong well struck 3 in the date, if one was to internet search now one would find the large date in abundance, then the medium date & lastly the small date. This halfpenny grades good very fine with much underlined brilliance with the usual flat or weak areas.

 

 

 

GIIH356. George II halfpenny 1735 Small date or farthing date Reverse B Obverse A Halfpenny weighs 9.99 grams & 28 mm in size. As above GIIH356 with a very strong well struck 3 in the date, possibly re-entered to  to cover up or hide this 5 over 3 number GIIH354. Halfpenny grades a problem free fine.

 

 

 

GIIH357. George II halfpenny 1735 small date or farthing date Reverse A obverse C Halfpenny weighs 10.28 grams & 29 mm in size. The small or farthing size date is know doubt in my mind the rarer of the three date sizes, there are even examples with a mixture of number sizes.

This obverse C type is so far the first i have seen or at least noticed and by that i can only assume it the rarest of the obverse types usually found on this smaller date. Halfpenny a problem free fine with good metal surfaces.

 

 

 

GIIH358. George II halfpenny 1736 5 over 6 in date legend under spray of leaves Halfpenny weighs 8.00 grams & 27 mm in size. There`s also quite a few double struck letters on the reverse.

Not all the letters are double struck the reason for this is and old reverse 1735 die has be re-punched to strengthen fading lettering ultimately for the reason to re-use an old retired 1735 die and transform into a serviceable 1736 die. There`s also on closer inspection a clumsy entered extra stop after Britannia, the mint worker must have had a bad morning back in 1736.

Die`s were time consuming and costly to make so recycling was no doubt encouraged, good i say ! or i`d have nothing much to collect and try and badly write about. Halfpenny grades nearly fine

 

 

 

 

GIIH359. George II halfpenny 1735 Single exergue. *******  Halfpenny weighs 9.61 grams & 27.5mm in size. Most single exergue halfpennies date 1739 and down to die wear know doubt, halfpenny grades reverse good fine & obverse really good fine with weak and un struck areas.

 

 


 

 

1736 Halfpennies. 

 

 

GIIH36.  George II halfpenny 1736  6 over 6 not 6 over 5 as thought  Halfpenny weighs 9.55 grams & 28.75 mm in size. Seen ( 3 ) This example has a different obverse to Dr Nicholson number 241 which is conclusively listed as 6 over 5 but im afraid its not 6 over 5 as this specimen will prove, the bottom return of a 6 can be clearly seen proving its a 6 next to a 6 rather than 6 over 6. An extremely rare coin with error unmistakably clear, halfpenny grades good fair.

 

 

GIIH36A. George II halfpenny 1736 6 over 6 as above with different obverse TRIPLE TIE BANDS Die A Halfpenny weighs 10.73 grams &  29.5 mm in size, quite a large coin which would have weighed far more when minted. Triple tie bands is rare and also 6 over 6 but to see them together in one coin is quite remarkable, for classification its Dr Nicholson obverse 244 and reverse 241 in one coin. An extremely rare halfpenny which grades reverse good fair / obverse fair.

 

 

GIIH36B. George II halfpenny 1736 6 over 6 with triple tie bands Die A Halfpenny weighs 9.39 grams & 28.5 mm in size. This Halfpenny is the same as the above GIIH36A except grade difference. Triple tie bands is rare and also 6 over 6 but to see them together in one coin is quite remarkable, for classification its Dr Nicholson obverse 244 and reverse 241 in one coin. An extremely rare halfpenny which grades a strong good fine with surface issues.

 

 

 

GIIH361.  George II halfpenny 1736 36 over 34 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.38 grams & 28 mm in size, this is the only specimen ive seen. I have quite an interest in this 1736 date along with 1734 & 1736 farthing, i have purposely and solely searched for these three denominations in a personal quest to further my collection. Halfpenny grades reverse about fine / obverse good fair, and is no doubt extremely rare.

 

 

 

 

GIIH362.  George II halfpenny 1736 36 over 30 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.22 grams & 28.75 mm in size, only 11 seen of this type. So far there`s four know types of 6 over 0 or 36 over 30 as its sometimes referred to, this type ( TYPE ONE ) is encountered the most and easily identifiable due to the number three way up in the exergue. A rare coin and very rare in higher grades, halfpenny grades very fine.

 

 

 

 

GIIH362A. George II halfpenny 1736 36 over 30 in date  Halfpenny weighs 10.16 grams & 28 mm in size. This type is harder to acquire with just 4 or 5 examples Seen to date. So far there’s four know types of 6 over 0 or 36 over 30 as its sometimes referred to, this type ( TYPE TWO ) and the last type ( TYPE THREE  ) below are rarer than GIIH362 but which is the rarer is unknown.  A very rare coin probably extremely rare and grades strong bold good fine.

 

 

 

GIIH362B. George II halfpenny 1736 36 over 30 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.15 grams & 28 mm in size, again as above this type is also difficult to acquire with just 4 examples seen. There are four know types of 6 over 0 or 36 over 30 as its sometimes referred to, this type ( TYPE THREE ) and the last type ( TYPE TWO ) above are rarer than GIIH362 but which is the rarer is unknown. A very rare coin probably extremely rare and grades good fair.

 

 

 

GIIH362C. George II halfpenny 1736  36 over 30 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.98 grams & 28 mm in size, with only 4 specimens seen to date making this type three extremely rare. This coin is the same as GIIH364 above, there are four know types of 6 over 0 or 36 over 30 as its sometimes referred to.  This type ( TYPE THREE ) and the last type ( TYPE TWO ) above are rarer than GIIH362 but which is the rarer is unknown. A very rare coin probably extremely rare and grades fine with the over date reasonably clear. .

 

 

 

GIIH362D. George II halfpenny 1736 6 over 0 in date Halfpenny weighs 9.29 grams & 28.5 mm in size, this example is the only example i have seen of this type, the date is very scruffy indeed even before the over date, the 7  has definitely been re-entered as it quite long and bigger than the 1, the 3 has been strengthened in places and grown in size as a result , they can often look like 5`s. This halfpenny i have called Type Four for catalog purposes, maybe more types will appear in the future. Halfpenny grades fine.

 

 

 

GIIH363. George II halfpenny 1736 Triple tie bands different obverse Die B to above GIIH36A example  Halfpenny weighs 9.30 grams & 28 mm in size. With only a few seen to date this triple tie bands halfpenny is much rarer than is smaller farthing equivalent,  Dr Nicholson number 224 and quite possibly a partially double struck die as i can see no other part of the coin that’s double-struck. This triple tie band does exists on a 1736 farthing and is quite well know its even listed in most catalogs. Very rare at least with more research needed, halfpenny grades good fine or slightly better.

 

 

 

GIIH364. George II halfpenny Defective 3 in date resembles a 5  Halfpenny weighs 9.14 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Numbers and letters along with stops wear away and are often re-punched on dies or re-cut, this is the result of neither of those action resulting in a 3 which now resembles a 5. Halfpenny grades fine.

 

 

 

GIIH365. George II Halfpenny 1736 with two reverse stops  28 mm in size & 10.70 grams in weight. Ive only seen this and the below example to date which is also on the heavier side for issue. A very unusual piece indeed which is down to human error rather than general production errors, this halfpenny looks 100% genuine and grades a strong fine and i assume very rare as this is the first example of two i have ever seen.

 

 

 

GIIH365A. George II Halfpenny 1736 with two reverse stops Halfpenny weighs 9.86 grams & 27.75 mm in size. A far superior specimen than the above example with a suspicious 3 & 6 in the date, its quite possible that the date was once 1730 as the 3 is higher semi covering another number, also the 6 has a square center normally indicating zero over ( center of six ) side ways zero, and lastly there’s signs of an attempted obliteration ( chiseling or scraping around letters or numbers on the die ) around the 3 & 6 including the B of Britannia. Halfpenny grades good very fine with the reverse die flaw present on this and above example.

 

 

 

GIIH365B. George II Halfpenny 1736 with two reverse stops Halfpenny weighs 9.66 grams & 28.5 mm in size. The second stop is now fading, along with the die flaw top left at 11 O’clock. the obverse is also the same which is a pity as so much die swapping went on at the mint. Halfpenny grades fine with a porous flan and a die flaw on the B of BRITANNIA ive seen somewhere before. Halfpenny grades a porous good fine.

 

 

 

GIIH366. George II Halfpenny 1736 6 over lower 6 or 6 over 5 Halfpenny weighs 9.56 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Another example of another 1736 over date but a scruffy one at that, halfpenny grades about fair with surface issues.

 

 

 

 

GIIH367. George II Halfpenny 1736 over 1736 with a larger 6 B of BRITANNIA over H or inverted E. Halfpenny weighs 9.83 grams & 28.5 mm in size, there’s no doubt an attempt to obliterate whats under the B with a reasonable job. The pictures attached to the link make good study and show the over strike well, there’s also very large obverse stops.

Halfpenny grades good very fine + with some luster and weak striking in the usual areas.

 

 

 

GIIH368. George II Halfpenny 1736 Triple tie bands Die A & a different reverse die to GIIH36A. GIIH36B GIIH363. Halfpenny weighs 9.38 grams & 28 mm in size. An unbelievable finding, and to think theirs many reverse dies just on this website. I have a gut feeling the six is over 5, the six has three unusually straight flat areas. Halfpenny grades fine with suspect services.

 

 

 

GIIH369. George II Halfpenny 1736 Triple tie bands Die A & a different reverse die to GIIH36A GIIH36B GIIH363 & GIIH368. Single exergue with the same obverse die as ( above ) GIIH368 but a later strike, notice the die flaw between V & S. Quite possibly 1736 was the great recycle year, with many miss-match dies to save making any more. Halfpenny grades good fair & weighs 9.46 grams & 27.75 mm in size.

 

 

 

GIIH3610. George II Halfpenny 1736 Triple tie bands Die A & a different reverse die to GIIH36A GIIH36B GIIH363 GIIH368 & GIIH369. Same Obverse die with die flaw as above, this strike is a later strike than GIIH368 with the die flaw between V & S not present. Again another reverse die, this one the weakest so far.

Its clear to me that using the information acquired so far, obverse B is know doubt the rarest so far, but as for a reverse of around the same rarity its unclear which. Halfpenny weighs 9.52 grams & 28 mm in size, & grades about fine.

 


 

 

1737 Halfpennies.

 

 

GIIH37. George II halfpenny 1737 Wide exergue lines  Halfpenny weighs 9.21 grams & 28 mm in size. Its mainly on the later dates wider exergue`s become more frequent but certainly no way a common occurrence even on the later issues. Not a bad looking coin given the scarcity or rarity of the piece. Halfpenny grades good fine.

 

 

 

GIIH371. George II halfpenny 1737 Large date closer exergue lines ( Normal )  Halfpenny weighs 10.19 grams & 28.25 mm  in size. This example is normal but only listed to show the difference to the above GIIH37. Much brilliance in coins field and much weak striking. Halfpenny grades very fine + probably slightly better.

 

 

 

GIIH372. George II halfpenny 1737 Large flan mis-strike 41.5 mm  Halfpenny weighs 9.65 grams & 41.5 mm in size. Im lost for words maybe a joke at the royal mint or a good luck charm for a mint worker its definitely been circulated or at least carried around hence the good luck charm. I also have another over sized half penny Victoria 1858  9.15 grams almost 32mm 0n a penny flan. I have never seen any other Georgian halfpenny like it but if one exists maybe there’s a whole set somewhere, halfpenny grades good fair.

 

 

 

GIIH373. George II halfpenny 1737 37 over higher 37 & possibly B over R in Britannia  Halfpenny weighs 8.80 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Certainly another example would help, fair in grade obverse lesser.

 

 

 

GIIH374. George II halfpenny 1737 much out of alignment 37 over 37 or possibly 3 over 7 in date Halfpenny weighs 9.47 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Certainly a bad day for the royal mint employee when i came to re-touching up the date that day in 1737, but a good day for collectors who collect as i do. Halfpenny grades good fair with some reverse corrosion.

 

 

 

GIIH375. George II halfpenny 1737  Two different A punches used in Britannia Halfpenny weighs 9.00 grams & practically 29 mm in size, sadly its been cleaned but should re-tone over time. Halfpenny grades fine and was once problem free.

 

 

GIIH376. George II halfpenny 1737 A over I in Britannia Halfpenny weighs 9.42 grams & 29 mm in size with a slight oval appearance. Its assistance is known on a farthing so with human nature it was only time before an example appeared on a halfpenny and a good grade at that.

Halfpenny grades about fine with A over I extremely clear. Know doubt from the lack or no internet mentions or any other historic documentation this halfpenny is exceedingly rare.

 

 


 

 

1738 Halfpennies.

 

 

GIIH38. George II halfpenny 1738 Date running up hill to the left, spray of leaves level with N   Halfpenny weighs 9.12 grams & 28 mm in size, the spray of leaves would have been over the N but its worn away with continuous service, wilted away if you like.

This George II young head series of halfpenny is almost coming to a close and it was clear a new reverse was needed.  The up hill date running left is peculiar and is not seen on any other George II halfpenny date i can remember. Halfpenny grades reverse good fair / obverse fair but problem free.

 

 

GIIH381. George II halfpenny 1738  V over S in GEORGIVS  Halfpenny weighs 10.27 grams & 29 mm in size, Only 6 Seen to date. A very rare and a very difficult halfpenny to find in any grade. Halfpenny grades nearly very fine with super clear surfaces.

 

 

GIIH381A. George II halfpenny 1738 Over size flan 38.5 MM. V over S in GEORGIVS Halfpenny weighs 9.53 grams & 38.5 mm in size. Extremely rare Halfpenny, large flan coins are exceptionally rare to find but to find one with a know GEORGIVS mistake is an out standing find. There is also another over size George II halfpenny is this collection GIIH372. Large flan mis-strike41.5mm

This halfpenny does have circulation wear but was probably carried around as a luck coin or token and not spent like other coinage of the realm. Halfpenny grades good fine with some speckles on the obverse, most likely from how its been stored over the years.

 

 

GIIH381B. George II halfpenny 1738 V over S in GEORGIVS Halfpenny weighs 9.36 grams & 28.5 mm in size. I found this coin so difficult to find and only managed to acquire one in a low porous grade and that’s how how it stayed for years, then i found three more in five years very bizarre.

A very rare halfpenny which grades fine with and old greenish black cabinet tone.

 

 

GIIH382. George II halfpenny 1738 well chiseled block legend on reverse  Halfpenny weighs 10.18 grams & 28 mm in size. Very high and clear reverse legend with some luster in legends, halfpenny grades nearly extremely fine.

 

 


 

 

1739 Halfpennies.

 

 

GIIH39. George II halfpenny 1739 B of BRITANNIA over Angled R  Halfpenny weighs 10.04 grams & 28.75 mm in size, Only this example Seen to date. Under the letter B the angled R is very weak from wear or attempted obliteration but still visible. Extremely rare and the only one i have ever seen, halfpenny grades good very fine.

 

 

 

 

GIIH391. George II halfpenny 1739 Single exergue  Halfpenny weighs 9.56 grams & 28 mm in size, single exergue halfpennies are about ten to one with a standard 1739 halfpenny used as comparison. I don`t think this single exergue is rare like possibly some dealer / sellers make out though i will say its scarce. Were now at the end of this young head issue and it may well be that the dies are rapidly wearing and its clear now a new reverse & obverse are needed due to the aging process on both accounts.  Still a scarce halfpenny which grades very fine or better.

 

 

 

GIIH392. George II halfpenny 1739 Single exergue different die  Halfpenny weighs 9.38 grams & 28.75 mm in size, single exergue halfpennies are about ten to one with a standard 1739 halfpenny used as comparison. This exergue is beginning to disappear in places leaving no exergue at all.

I don`t think this single exergue is rare like possibly some dealer / sellers make out though i will say its scarce. Were now at the end of this young head issue and it may well be  the dies are rapidly wearing and its clear now a new reverse & obverse are needed due to the aging process on both accounts. This halfpenny grades reverse good fine / obverse almost nearly very fine.

 

 

 

 

GIIH393. George II halfpenny 1739 single exergue different die with B over angled B in Britannia. Halfpenny weighs 9.63 grams & 28 mm in size and grades good very fine with clear fields.

 

 

 

 

GIIH394. George II halfpenny 1739 single exergue with R over B ? in Britannia Halfpenny weighs 9.63 gram & 28 mm in size. Its probably a defective R punch as the other R`s have similarities. Halfpenny grades nearly fine with very a edgy rim.

 

 

 

GIIH394A. George II halfpenny 1739 Single exergue with R over B in Britannia, with different obverse. Halfpenny weighs 9.37 grams & 27.75 mm in size. This example has the same reverse but a different obverse than the above GIIH394. Mix and match dies does seem to be a common practice on this and other copper coinages. Halfpenny grades good fine with some surface issues.

 

 

 


 

 

 

GEORGE II Old head halfpennies 1740-1754.  

 

Sadly for a collector this old head series was fairly straight forward with far less mistakes or errors, so ive decided to list some nicer examples for continuity purposes only.

There are below some halfpennies worth looking at but over all the second issue was quite good compared to the first issue and younger head.. On a collecting note the older George II halfpennies are easier to acquire than the first younger head issue.

 

 

 

GIIH40. George II halfpenny 1740  Halfpenny weighs 9.28 grams, halfpenny grades reverse good very fine / obverse very fine or better.

 

 

 

GIIH42. George II halfpenny 1742 2 over 0 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.83 grams & 28 mm in size. Very rare coin with error extremely clear, this error is very similar to the 1754 4 over 0 in the respect that is normally always a whispery 0, an example with a full round clear 0 would be considered desirable. This halfpenny grades reverse good fine / obverse strong bold good fine.

 

 

 

 

GIIH421. George II halfpenny 1742 suspicion 2 in date also double or triple entered 7   Halfpenny weighs 9.76 grams & 29 mm in size. There`s something underneath and on top of this 2 but i can not make out what it is. Halfpenny grades nearly extremely fine.

 

 

GIIH43. George II halfpenny 1743  Halfpenny weighs 9.66 grams & 28 mm in size, halfpenny grades very fine or better.

 

 

GIIH44. George II halfpenny 1744  Halfpenny weighs 9.32 grams & 28 mm in size. Halfpenny grades reverse good very fine / obverse nearly extremely fine with granular surfaces.

 

 

GIIH45. George II halfpenny 1745 Large 45 in date uncommon  Halfpenny weighs 9.18 grams & 28 mm in size, halfpenny grades reverse good fair / obverse fair, very clear coin.

 

GIIH45. George II halfpenny 1745 First A unbarred with wide exergue Halfpenny weighs 9.69 grams & 28.5 mm, halfpenny grades reverse very fine + / obverse good very fine or slightly better with what looks like occasional production flaws around the edge.

 

 

GIIH46. George II halfpenny 1746 first A unbarred in Britannia  Halfpenny weighs 9.75 grams & 29.25 mm in size, just this example seen to date.  I assume its rare as this halfpenny series does not suffer from the failings of the past. Halfpenny grades reverse bold good fine / obverse nearly very fine.

 

 

GIIH47. George II halfpenny 1747  Halfpenny weighs 9.46 grams & 28.50 mm in size, fairly wide exergue. Halfpenny grades reverse extremely fine / obverse nearly extremely fine.

 

 

GIIH48. George II halfpenny 1748  triple exergue,suspicious 8 indate  Halfpenny weighs 9.46 grams & 28.50 mm in size. Just this example seen to date, top exergue is very thin.  This coin grades reverse nearly extremely fine with weak areas ( Britannia’s face ) / obverse about extremely fine.

 

 

GIIH50. George II halfpenny 1750  Halfpenny weighs 10.64 grams (over weight ) 29 mm, halfpenny grades reverse almost extremely fine / obverse nearly extremely fine.

 

 

GIIH51. George II halfpenny 1751  Halfpenny weighs 9.21 grams 28 mm Bramah 31a who noted the 1`s in the date resembled y`s or T`s he also said it was some sort of variety which its not,  its just an ornate 1 but Heinz sight is a wonderful thing. Halfpenny grades reverse about extremely fine / obverse extremely fine.

 

 

GIIH51. George II halfpenny 1751 Large thin flan Halfpenny weighs 8.08 grams & about 31 mm in size, this is the maximum size quoted by peck but is rarely seen. This example is also under weight, a rare halfpenny which grades a problem free reverse good fine / obverse strong good fine.

 

 

GIIH52. George II halfpenny 1752  Halfpenny weighs 9.75 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Note the die flaw on the reverse has caused another bar in the first A of Britannia, halfpenny grades reverse very fine / obverse good very fine.

 

 

GIIH521. George II halfpenny 1752  Reverse legend double struck 7 over lower 7 & partial milled edge  Halfpenny weighs 8.84 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Halfpenny rades reverse nearly fine / obverse fine.

 

GIIH522. George II halfpenny 1752 Standard issue with slightly wide exergue lines  Halfpenny weighs 9.52 & grams 28.5 mm in size, a good example of a wider exergue with a beautiful steely blue tone. Halfpenny grades extremely fine.

 

 

GIIH53. George II halfpenny  Standard issue 1753  Halfpenny weighs 9.69 & grams 28.5 mm in size. Halfpenny grades extremely fine with some original colour.

 

 

GIIH54. 1754 George II Halfpenny   narrow date & 1754 wide exergue  Halfpenny weighs 9.58 grams, A very narrow date and probably the scarcest date of this second or older head issue. Wide date is very evident which is narrowing in the center yet wider at both ends. Halfpenny grades extremely fine.

 

 

GIIH541. George II halfpenny 1754 Larger flan Halfpenny weighs 9.58 grams & 29.5 mm in size. A extremely weak strike the reverse is no better than fine + and the obverse around Georges face is very fine or better, certainly not an easy coin to grade but overall grade bold really good fine.

 

 

GIIH4?. George II halfpenny 174? last digit in date not struck up   Halfpenny weighs 9.26 grams & 27.5 mm in size, halfpenny grades good fine.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Parents: George I and Sophia Dorothea
Relation to Elizabeth II: 5th great-grandfather
House of: Hanover
Ascended to the throne: June 11, 1727 aged 43 years
Crowned: October 11, 1727 at Westminster Abbey
Married: Caroline, daughter of Margrave of Brandenburg
Children: Four sons and five daughters
Died: October 25, 1760 at Kensington Palace, aged 76 years, 11 months, and 25 days
Buried at: Westminster
Reigned for: 33 years, 4 months, and 15 days
Succeeded by: his grandson George III

George II was born in Hanover the son of George I and Sophia of Celle. He married Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach in 1705 an attractive and intelligent women, and they had 9 children.

The coinage of George II was minted for 25 years the earlier issue obverse designed was by John croker and the last obverse ( old head ) was by John sigismund tanner another German with excellent skill. As for the reverse no one is entirely sure its between Tanner, Croker, or Johann rudolph ochs, Clive wilson peck auther of English copper, tin and bronze coins in the British Museum 1558-1958 seems to think it was Croker due to such good workmans ship. The whole George II copper coinage is very long and most absorbing with challenges from beginning to end.

 

Grade ! there are a fair few collectors who will not entertain any coin unless its at least Extremely fine or in a plastic box with a hologram on, i assume there are many holes in there collection and how they store them i have no idea. My advise from experience is to buy the best you can afford! you may well collect at a slower rate than you wish but with minimal regrets or if you cant live with it then dont buy it. But one thing to remember when buying or grading these halfpennies is they do suffer from weak strikes exspecialy the centre,so what may appear to be wear is infact not and a well struck piece will always command a high price solely for the centre strike.

 

Weight and size tolerance are 9.7-10.3 grams & 28-29 mm Rev alignment is down normal issue, any coin out of these tolerances would be considered desirable, significantly out of these tolerances would be extremely desirable. George II halfpennies are quite reliable when it comes to stops being there or not, barred A`s, and the problems the previous reign suffered they are also quite plenty full in lower grades so rare pieces can be obtained easier than previous reigns.

GEORGE II Halfpennies