British & English Copper Coin collecting

VICTORIA HALFPENNY

VICTORIA HALFPENNY

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House of: Hanover

 

 

QUEEN VICTORIA

House of: Hanover
Ascended to the throne: June 20, 1837 aged 18 years
Crowned: June 28, 1838 at Westminster Abbey
Married: Albert, son of Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Children: Four sons including Edward VII, and five daughters
Died: January 22, 1901 at Osborne, Isle of Wight, aged 81 years, 7 months, and 29 days
Buried at: Frogmore
Reigned for: 63 years, 7 months, and 2 days
Succeeded by: her son Edward VII

Named Alexandrina Victoria but known as Victoria, she was the only child of Edward Duke of Kent and Victoria Saxe-Coburg. Her father died when she was 1 year old and her domineering mother kept her away from her ‘wicked’ uncles Kings George and William. She had a sheltered upbringing, and came to the throne shortly after her 18th birthday in 1837 on the death of her uncle William IV who had no surviving legitimate children. She was at the time unmarried and not crowned until June 28, 1838. In February 1840 she married her cousin and love of her life Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Her golden jubilee in 1887 and diamond jubilee in 1897 regained her popular support and matriarchal role as Queen of the nation and Empire. She died at Osborne House on 22 January 1901, and was buried at Windsor. Her reign lasted 63 years and 7 months which is the longest of any British monarch to date and the longest of any female monarch in history.

The First Queen Victoria Halfpenny issue was to be the last of the British copper coinage. With many rare or scarce dates and plenty of over dates its probably one of the most popular series to collect with the exception of the penny. 

Rare dates to find on this coinage are 1843,1845,1848, 1860 if your lucky to see one, but beaware of fakes. Known over dates are 47/48, 53/52, 58/56, 58/57, 59/58, and of course 1854 inverted A for V in Victoria, it seems there was a large push at the end to use up surplus dies. These coins along with the bronze issue still do turn up in flea markets and junk shops so when passing always take a moment to look as its places like that where your hit the jackpot for one of the above.

QVH41. Queen Victoria 1841 Halfpenny Defective E in DEI  Halfpenny weighs 9.32 grams & 28mm in size. I have seen this coin for sale from dealers for a lot of money and listed as F with stop In DEI. It is a defective E and probably die fill as it also appears on other dates. Halfpenny grades reverse extremely fine / obverse good extremely fine.

 

QVH52. Queen Victoria  Thin narrower B over normal B with tiny colons over normal colons . Halfpenny weighs 9.64 grams & almost 28 mm in size. The B is probably from a worn punch along with the colons, the last set of top colons are so small the spot in side the exergue rose is bigger. Nice grade of reverse extremely fine & obverse nearly uncirculated.

 

 

QVH53. Queen Victoria 1853 Halfpenny 3 over 2  Halfpenny weighs 9.58 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Quiet scarce a rare in higher grades. Halfpenny grades very fine or better.

 

 

QVH531. Queen Victoria 1853 Halfpenny 3 0ver 3 over 2  Halfpenny weighs 9.37 grams & 28 mm in size. Quiet scarce and rare in higher grades. Halfpenny grades extremely fine but suffers from a worn die as some of the higher points are smoothed over.

 

 

QVH532. Queen Victoria 1853 Halfpenny Defective E in DEI  Halfpenny weighs 9.26 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Completely the same as QVH41 except a different date, halfpenny grades bold strong good fine.

 

 

QVH533. Queen Victoria 1853 Halfpenny almost a Defective E in DEI  Halfpenny weighs 9.50 grams & 27.75 mm in size. A few more minted and this coin would look like the above. Halfpenny grades extremely fine.

 

 

QVH534. Queen Victoria 1853 Halfpenny Struck with no collar  Halfpenny weighs 9.12 grams&  29 mm in size. This example is the only Queen Victoria halfpenny ive seen like this with no collar used in the striking processes. Halfpenny grades good fine or very slightly better.

 

QVH535. Queen Victoria 1853 Halfpenny dot between T & O in Victoria. This is the first example ive seen with this dot, bearing in mind people pay a fortune for a 1897 dot in O`NE penny with the same flaw. Halfpenny grades very fine or slightly better.

 

 

 

QVH54. Queen Victoria 1854 Halfpenny inverted A for V in Victoria  Halfpenny weighs 8.92 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Only 5 of these coins seen to date. An extremely rare coin in any grade, halfpenny grades very fine obverse slightly better.

 

QVH54A. 1854 Halfpenny V over inverted A in Victoria Extremely rare and most sort after. Ive seen very few of these halfpennies, patents and a good eye is required when checking an abundance of 54 halfpennies. It does look as if the inverted A was  struck first, theirs also die flaws to help identify this halfpenny.  Halfpenny grades nearly very fine.

 

 

 

QVH541. Queen Victoria 1854 Halfpenny under weight small thin flan  Halfpenny weighs 5.34 grams &  26.75 mm in size. Just this specimen seen this small. A genuinely small blank was used to strike this coin. Very rare halfpenny which grades really good fine.

 

 

QVH58. Queen Victoria 1858 Halfpenny Large flan 32.5mm Huge coin  Halfpenny weighs 9.13 grams.   Ive only seen this example.  Quite an amazing piece, halfpenny grades fine.

 

 

QVH581. Queen Victoria 1858 Halfpenny 8 over 6 in date  With very large colons, halfpenny weighs 9.35 grams & 27.75 mm in size.There seems to be many different types of this over date, which is the scarcer i have no idea. Halfpenny grades extremely fine.

 

 

QVH582. Queen Victoria 1858 Halfpenny 8 over 6  in date different die type  Halfpenny weighs 9.16 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Halfpenny grades extremely fine.

 

 

QVH583. Queen Victoria 1858 Halfpenny 8 over 8 over 6  in date different die type  Halfpenny weighs 9.35 grams & 28mm in size. Halfpenny grades good extremely fine.

 

 

QVH584. Queen Victoria 1858 Halfpenny 8 over 7 in date large colons with small colons on top  Halfpenny weighs 9.32 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Halfpenny grades nearly very fine.

 

 

QVH585. Queen Victoria 1858 Halfpenny 8 over 8 over 7 or 6 or 3 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.52 grams & 28 mm in size. This is the sole example ive seen, halfpenny grades extremely fine.

 

 

QVH586. Queen Victoria 1858 Halfpenny 8 over 8 over 7 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.43 grams & 28 mm in size. Halfpenny grades extremely fine.

 

 

QVH587. Queen Victoria 1858 Halfpenny 8 over 7 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.45 grams & 28 mm in size. Halfpenny grades very fine or slightly better.

 

 

QVH588. Queen Victoria 1858 Halfpenny 8 over 7 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.35 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Halfpenny grades good very fine.

 

 

QVH589. Queen Victoria 1858 Halfpenny 8 over 7   Halfpenny weighs 9.35 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Halfpenny grades extremely fine.

 

QVH589. Queen Victoria 1858 Halfpenny 8 over 8 over 7  Halfpenny weighs 9.63 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Halfpenny grades reverse good extremely fine + obverse nearly uncirculated.

 

QVH59.   Queen Victoria 1859 Halfpenny 9 over 8 in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.42 grams & 28 mm in size. A scarce coin and rare in high grades. Halfpenny grades good extremely fine.