British & English Copper Coin collecting

WILLIAM III HALFPENNY

WILLIAM III HALFPENNY

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William was the only child of William II, Prince of Orange and Princess Mary (1631-1660), eldest daughter of Charles I of England. He was born at The Hague in Holland on 4 November 1650, a few days after his father’s death. In 1677 he married his cousin Princess Mary at St James’s Palace in London and they returned to live in Holland. Although a Protestant herself, Mary’s father, who succeeded as James II in 1685, was a Roman Catholic and not popular in England because of his religion. When he had a son the English authorities did not want another Roman Catholic monarch so in 1688 they called on William to come to England and march against James to take the throne and reign jointly with Mary. However, before William reached London James had fled to France. William III and Mary II were crowned as joint monarchs in the Abbey on 11 April 1689.


William III Halfpenny Coinage

William Halfpennies have two different obverse dies and three different reverse dies. Obverse 1 die William is wearing a wreath made up of eight leaves and on obverse 2 there is no wreath arrangement. Reverse one die  ( 1695, 96, 97, 98, ) Britannia legend is split in two just like all reverses to come in the future with the date in the exergue, reverse two  ( 1698 1699 ) the date is in the legend and reverse three  ( 1699 1700 1701 ) is similar to reverse one but Britannia is smaller and her spray of leaves is far lower with date positioned in exergue, with over all inferior workman ship. These coins are very difficult to acquire well struck and very often theirs weak areas and patches.

This entire series of halfpenny coinage, including Farthings was minted by contractors and every attempt to save money to make them self’s money was put into place, faulty blanks which were cast and not rolled, illiterate and foreign workers employed along with badly made dies gave us the worse made coinage in history but a collectors dream.

Weight and size tolerance are 8.9 – 11.5 grams & 28-29 mm Rev alignment is down. Any coin out of these tolerances would be considered desirable, significantly out of these tolerances would be extremely desirable.


 

 

1695 Halfpennies.

 

 

WIIIH95. William III halfpenny 1695  Possibly last A over N in BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 11.32 grams & 28mm in size with a small V and S in GVLIELMVS, this piece is on the heavier side and my first William III halfpenny brought some years ago. Halfpenny grades fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH951. William III halfpenny 1695  Heavy flan 2mm thick  Halfpenny weighs 11.90 grams & 28.5mm in size with a perfectly spaced Tertivs and crammed GVLIELMVS with a very distant stop. Quite rare on a heavier flan. Reverse good fine / obverse fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH952.  William III halfpenny  1695 Cast flan  Halfpenny weighs 9.29 grams & 28mm in size. Very porous flan due to casting blanks rather than cutting them from a rolled sheet of copper. Halfpenny grades reverse nearly very fine/ obverse good fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH953. William III halfpenny 1695  Small N`s in BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 8.80 grams & 27.75mm in size, quite uncommon and possibly farthing N`s, as WIIIH95 may well have a farthing V & S. Super example, halfpenny grades reverse about very fine / obverse very fine or better with some grainy flat areas.

 

 

WIIIH954. William III Halfpenny 1695 Smaller thinner flan with no room for a date, rare and very clear regardless of weak at 12 & 6 O`clock respectfully.  Halfpenny weighs 8.35 grams & 27 mm in size, and grades fine or better with weak patchy areas.

 

 

WIIIH955. William III Halfpenny 1695 flan on the heavier side & possibly no stop after GVLIELMVS Halfpenny weighs 11.05 grams & 27.5 mm in size. Legend is just about on this flan as its slightly under sized, its hard to say if its genuinely no stop after GVLIELMVS as the flan is quite tight around the coin. Halfpenny grades nearly very fine.

 

 


 

 

1696 Halfpennies.

 

 

WIIIH96. William III halfpenny 1696  GVLIEMVS spelling error and No Stop on Reverse  Halfpenny weighs 10.28 grams & 28.25mm in size BMC number 642 & Dr Nicholson number 087. An  extremely rare coin in any grade and seldom seen for sale, i have only seen six examples since 1980. Halfpenny grades a problem free fine.

 

 

 

WIIIH961. William III halfpenny 1696  TERTVS spelling error missing I  Halfpenny weighs 9.44 grams & 28mm in size BMC number 643 Dr Nicholson number 088. An extremely rare coin in any grade and seldom seen for sale. I have only seen five examples to date, halfpenny grades a problem free nearly fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH962. William III halfpenny 1696  Very heavy & thick flan  Halfpenny weighs 12.75 grams & 28.75mm in size & 2mm Thick. Very rare on a heavy flan, halfpenny grades good fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH962. William III halfpenny 1696 Possibly E over L ? Halfpenny weighs 9.58 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Needs a clearer example to be sure, halfpenny grades good fair with a weak strike evident.

 

 

WIIIH964. William III halfpenny 1696 A & I the wrong way round BRITANNAI & small N`s Halfpenny weighs 8.60 grams &  27.75 mm in size. This halfpenny is has a porous flan which has taken away a lot of detail, but its still clear and good enough given the rarity of the piece.

This halfpenny is excessively rare and collectable in any grade. Waiting for higher graded examples will leave a permanent hole in ones collection, halfpenny grades fair.

 

 

WIIIH965. William III halfpenny 1696 Double entered B over side ways B in BRITANNIA Halfpenny weighs 10.24 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Absolutely hopelessly rare and collectible in any readable grade. First thoughts are B over side ways B but on closer examination and in the right light its clear.

Hopelessly rare probably as im sure the error was more than likely obliterated so future minting would only show a rough area other than just one B. Halfpenny grades just fair but is extremely important.

 

THE BELOW SMALL R EXAMPLES ARE ALL FROM DIFFERENT OBVERSE DIES.

ITS MORE THAN LIKELY A FARTHING PUNCH WAS USED TO PREPARE THE LEGENDS PRIOR TO STRIKING.

 

 

WIIIH963. William III halfpenny 1696  Small R in TERTIVS small  R in BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 9.54 grams & 28mm in size, probably a farthing R in Tertivs and very uncommon at least possibly rare in higher grades, though which type is scarcer its impossible to say at the moment. Quite possibly a cast flan which was becoming a problem now. Halfpenny grades reverse bold good fine / obverse fine +.

 

 

 

WIIIH963A. William III halfpenny 1696  Small R in TERTIVS & BRITANNIA nearly Unbarred A in BRITANNIA   Halfpenny weighs 9.60 grams & 28mm in size. Halfpenny grades fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH963B. William III halfpenny 1696 Small R in TERTIVS & BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 10.01 grams & 28 mm in size, halfpenny grades reverse nearly fine / obverse about fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH963C. William III halfpenny 1696 Small R in TERTIVS & BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 9.35 grams & 28 mm in size, halfpenny grades fine.

 

 

 

WIIIH963D. William III halfpenny 1696 Small R in TERTIVS & BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 10.11 grams & 28 mm in size, halfpenny grades a problem free fair.

 

 

 

WIIIH96E. William III halfpenny 1696 Small N`s in BRITANNIA Halfpenny weighs 9.56 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Small letters does seem to be an epidemic in 1696, poor working practices led to an appalling halfpenny & farthing coinage from private contractors. Halfpenny grades good fair.

 

 

 

WIIIH96F. William III halfpenny 1696 Small N`s in BRITANNIA Halfpenny weighs 9.47 grams & 27.5 in size Various small letters were used on This halfpenny series 1696 was it height. Halfpenny grades nearly very fine with flat patches and corrosion present.

 

 

 


 

 

1697 Halfpennies. 

 

 

WIIIH97. William III halfpenny 1697  Defective E punch and not E over H  Halfpenny weighs 9.52 grams & 27.5 mm in size,  I have truly seen professional dealers sell coins with this defective E punch and sold as E over H, its clear from the attached pictures its a defective punch or die or both. Agreed there’s different stages of width, often the right downwards stick is rather thin where the top and bottom of the E has split given the impression of a H  This halfpenny grades reverse bold good fine / obverse good fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH971. William III halfpenny 1697  No stop after GVLIELMVS ?  Halfpenny weighs 10.52 grams & 28mm in size. I have seen ( 6-7 various types ) of no stop after GVLIELMVS. No doubt a rare coin which grades good fair.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH972.  William III halfpenny 1697  No stop reverse   Halfpenny weighs 9.83 grams & 28.5mm in size. Extremely rare coin with a similar reverse to the Dr Nicholson example, i have  seen around ( 5-7 various types ) of no stop reverse. Halfpenny grades reverse good fine / obverse nearly very fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH973.  William III halfpenny 1697  Defective E punch or E over D or inverted B    Halfpenny weighs 9.23 grams & 28mm in size. This is the most advanced E flaw that i have seen, normally there thin and wiry as seen on farthings and some silver coins. Its impossible for an E over H to span the entire William the third coinage, and this cannot be E over H.

The right hand stick is rather thin ,also in relation to where the horizontal bar is theirs much of the top half letter missing, making the letter to tall for a halfpenny. And as for the middle horizontal bar or stick of the E it continues into the right hand part of the suggesting E, its probably or more than likely a B or inverted B. Halfpenny grades fair.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH974. William III halfpenny 1697  Thin flan  7.60 grams  & 27.5mm in size. This coin would weigh far less if well circulated, ive seen around ( 5-6 thin flan examples ) thin examples. In nearly extremely fine grade with some flat areas, no doubt an extremely rare coin.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH975. William III halfpenny 1697  Possibly No Stops Obverse  Halfpenny weighs 11.50 grams & 28mm in size. Certainly on the heavier side with granular surfaces making it some what tricky to be completely 100% sure. Very rare coin which grades reverse fine / obverse about very fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH976. William III halfpenny 1697  R over B in TERTIVS  also I over higher I, halfpenny weighs  9.88 grams &  28mm in size. Quite convincing and very rare,  i have seen just ( 1 ) example of this error. Halfpenny grades good fair.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH977. William III halfpenny 1697  No stop after GVLIELMVS   Halfpenny weighs 9.68 grams  & 27.75 mm in size. I have seen ( 6-7 ) various types ) of this no stop after GVLIELMVS. A very rare coin indeed and most desirable. Halfpenny grades reverse good fair / obverse fine.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH978. William III halfpenny 1697  Extra I in BRITANNIA says BRIITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 8.91 grams & 27mm in size. A little on the smaller size, im not entirely sure about the genuine nature of the coin but its very unusual, Coin grades good fair and rare at least.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH979. William III halfpenny 1697  No stop reverse  Halfpenny weighs 10.44 grams & 28mm in size. There`s  various types of no stops reverse on this 1697 date which is the rarer i have know idea, but none are easy to acquire especially in any real collectible grade. Halfpenny grades reverse about fine / obverse good fine or slightly better with a few blisters and dips present.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH9710.  William III halfpenny 1697  Two stops in TERTIV.S .  Halfpenny weighs 10.51 grams & 28 mm in size. The die preparer realizing his mistake squeezed the last letter S in and concluded TERTIVS with its second stop. Ive not seen or herd about this double stop obverse in TERTIVS before and would imagine this coin to be extremely rare.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH9711. William III halfpenny 1697 R in BRITANNIA over displaced A or R   Halfpenny weighs 11.25 grams & 27.75 mm and is quite dumpy in appearance. A die flaw or a genuine mistake, better example would help. Halfpenny grades about fine and slightly over weight.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH9712. William III halfpenny 1697 No stop after TERTIVS   Halfpenny weighs 9.98 grams & 28.5 mm in size, Very dark in appearance and quite attractive, but how rare im really not sure. Halfpenny grades very fine with reverse slightly stronger in places.

 

 

 

WIIIH9713. William III halfpenny 1697 probably.  Triple tie bands with no signs of doubling any.  Halfpenny weighs 9.92 grams & 28 mm in size, this is the first triple tie band halfpenny other than the 1736 George II ( three different examples are in this collection ) ive seen to date. Theirs also no other signs of double or triple striking when this die was made, halfpenny grades obverse fair / reverse nearly fair and luckily problem free.

 

 

 

WIIIH9714. William III halfpenny 1697 A of BRITANNIA over displaced A. Halfpenny weighs 9.94 &  27.5  mm in size. Halfpenny grades fine.

 

 

 

WIIIH9715. William III halfpenny 1697 First N of BRITANNIA missing Halfpenny weighs 10.03 &  27 mm in size Missing First N does coincide with a weakly struck ares on reverse which explains this, if there`s room for it ! it probably was there once. This is to be remember when offered a piece with something missing. Halfpenny grades good fine..

 

 

 

WIIIH9716. William III halfpenny 1697 No stop after GVLIELMVS Halfpenny weighs 9.78 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Its always difficult to be 100% sure with this series of halfpenny due to the poor quality flans & striking. As the other stops are well defined theirs a good chance its genuine. An attractively toned halfpenny witch grades reverse nearly very fine / obverse very fine.

 

 

 

WIIIH9717. William III halfpenny 1697 3 mm gap between the bottom of V & S in Tertivs, also Brockage on obverse. Halfpenny weighs 9.98 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Certainly a peculiar halfpenny, quite probably the die prepare squeezed the letters to tightly and realize just a the last moment, This is probably the biggest gap ive seen on a William halfpenny. Halfpenny grades good fine with good metal.

 

 

 

WIIIH9718. William III halfpenny 1697 Heavy flan of 11.46 grams Halfpenny is 28 mm in size. Weak shoulder and head of Britannia as often otherwise very fine with good metal.

 

 

 

WIIIH9719. William III halfpenny 1697 No stop reverse & last A in BRITANNIA touching Shield Halfpenny weighs 9.87 grams & 27.75 mm in size The A in Britannia is to close to Britannia`s shield and probably sitting on the stop if that’s at all possible. Halfpenny grades good fine with fairly good surfaces.

 

 


 

 

1698 Halfpennies.

 

 

 

WIIIH98. William III halfpenny 1698 No stop reverse Possibly inverted A for V in TERTIVS Halfpenny weighs 9.19 grams & 27.75mm in size. Very rare coin with only 1 example seen, halfpenny reverse good fair / obverse nearly fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH981. William III halfpenny 1698 Standard issue First Almost unbarred last A re-cut in Britannia Halfpenny weighs 9.31 grams & 29mm in size. A scarce date and rare in high grades, halfpenny grades overall very fine.

 

 

 

WIIIH982.  William III halfpenny 1698  Smaller and thinner flan Halfpenny weighs 6.61 grams & 27 mm in size with a flan of 0.8 mm thin. Know doubt a scarce year but under weight, size, and with a thin makes this coin very rare. Halfpenny grades obverse nearly very fine / reverse about fine, slightly edgy with some corrosion.

 

 

 


 

1699 Halfpennies date in legend. 

 

 

WIIIHL99. William III halfpenny 1699 date in legend R over B & last A unbarred in  BRITANNIA   Halfpenny weighs 7.88 grams & 28mm in size, quite a thin flan for this issue with very few seen.   All photos are very clear with some excellent close ups of this extremely rare coin. Halfpenny grades reverse very fine / obverse good very fine both sides suffering porosity issues.

 

 

 

WIIIHL991. William III halfpenny 1699 unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 9.67 grams & 28mm in size. A well know variety and very rare in higher grades, i have seen around 11 or so over the years. Halfpenny grades just fair.

 

 

 

WIIIHL992. William III halfpenny 1699 No stop before date ?.  Halfpenny weighs 8.19 grams & 28mm in size, quite light in weight with no real room for the stop, i have only seen 3 genuine examples excluding this one as im not certain. Porous surfaces do not help certainty, halfpenny grades good fair.

 

 

 

WIIIHL993. WILLIAM III 1699 Halfpenny GVLIEMVS missing L date in legend  Halfpenny weighs 10.38 grams & 28mm in size. I have seen just  ( 4-5 ) of these halfpennies which should be collected in any grade. Extremely rare in any grade, halfpenny grades around fine.

 

 

 

WIIIHL994. WILLIAM III 1699 Halfpenny Last A in BRITANNIA un-barred 3.5 mm gap between stop & S in TERTIVS. Halfpenny weighs 9.55 grams & 28 mm in size. A porous flan but the un-barred A along with the 3.5 gap between the S and stop are clear enough to be sure, halfpenny grades reverse fine / obverse good fine.

 

 

 

WIIIHL995. WILLIAM III 1699 Halfpenny E for L in GVLIELMVS says GVLIEEMVS Also Double reverse stop after TERTIVS First A in BRITANNIA unbarred lastly a thin flan Halfpenny weighs 7.33 grams & 27.5 mm in size. Wow that was quite some mouth full, a weak strike top and bottom respectively as all ways on this halfpenny issue.

A very scarce design is the date in legend type and is a nice addition to a halfpenny collection. The first A looks as if the bars broken, on closer examination there’s a tiny remainder of one. As for the rest ` i suppose we all have bad days.

Halfpenny grades very similar to hammered coinages like, very fine or better in places with many weak areas and clear fields but overall good fine.

 

 

 


 

 

1699 Halfpennies date in exergue. 

 

 

 

WIIIHL99. William III halfpenny 1699  Stop after date  Halfpenny weighs 10.32 grams & 28.5mm in size. BMC 689 Nicholson number 122, i have seen very few of these halfpennies just 4 possibly 5 at a push. Extremely rare in any grade, this example which does have some porosity issues grades nearly very fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIHL991. William III halfpenny 1699 Small R over Large R in TERTIVS.  Halfpenny weighs 9.30 grams & 27.5mm in size. This is the only example i have seen to date, i assume at least very rare. Halfpenny grades nearly very fine.

 

 

THE SO CALLED 1699 FIRST TYPE, OBVERSE 1 REVERSE 3 HALFPENNY.

 

WIIIHE992. William III halfpenny 1699 TYPE ONE  MULE Obverse 1 Reverse 3 with I over V in TERTIVS  Halfpenny weighs 8.73 grams & 28.5mm in size. These so called or alleged mules do turn up in various combination of dies. This coin has a different obverse and reverse to the Type three Dr Nicholson example 116 and BMC 686. Extremely rare and seldom seen for sale i was lucky to get this piece, halfpenny grades reverse good fair / obverse nearly fine.

 

 

 

WIIIHE992A. William III halfpenny 1699 TYPE ONE MULE Obverse 1 Reverse 3 with I over V annoying not visible . Halfpenny weighs 8.93 grams & just over 29 mm in size.  Annoyingly the I in TERTIVS is worn, or probably flat. This example was fixed to a card the seller informed me, secured probably by thin wire ( leaving a cross imprint ) judging buy the four cut`s into the edge.

Being the same size, weight and grade, its almost certain this specimen was cut from the same sheet of copper along with the above example. The believed story or theory is a mix up of dies when changing to the second obverse, but to make that mistake far more than once is quite unbelievable. Please view and read the other entries of this numismatist mistake. Halfpenny grades reverse good fair / obverse nearly fine.

 

 

 

WIIIHE992B. William III halfpenny 1699 TYPE TWO  MULE Obverse 1 Reverse 3  Halfpenny weighs 9.92 grams & 29mm in size. Again another of these alleged mules, this example is different to BMC 686 and Type three Dr Nicholson example 116. Extremely rare and most sort after, halfpenny grades only fair.

 

 

 

WIIIHE992BA. William III halfpenny 1699 TYPE TWO MULE Obverse1 Reverse 3 Halfpenny weighs 9.25 grams & 29 mm in size. Identical to the above Type 2 example. The portrait of the King`s not to bad but porosity has spoiled the general appearance. Halfpenny grades fair with a dark tone

 

 

 

 

WIIIHE992C. William III halfpenny 1699 TYPE THREE  Mule obverse 1 Reverse 3 & thin flan  Halfpenny weighs 7.65 grams & 27.75mm in size. Another different style of these alleged mules, this halfpenny is the same as Dr Nicholson example 116 and BMC 686. Im now struggling to believe that a once thought die miss match mistake could happen over and over resulting in variants . Halfpenny grades reverse good fine / obverse nearly very fine with weak areas as often.

 

 

 

 

WIIIHE992CA. William III halfpenny 1699 TYPE THREE Mule obverse 1 Reverse 3 Halfpenny weighs 9.18 grams & 28.5 mm in size most probably the same as above halfpenny grades obverse nearly fair / reverse fair with a porous flan.

 

 

 

 

WIIIHE992D. William III halfpenny 1699 TYPE FOUR  Mule obverse 1 Reverse 3  Halfpenny weighs 9.49 grams & 28.5 mm in size. This is now surely an extremely rare combination of dies. halfpenny grades obverse fine / reverse good fair and completely problem free.

 

 

 

WIIIH992E. William III halfpenny 1699 TYPE FIVE Mule obverse 1 Reverse 3 Halfpenny weighs 10.31 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Now ! being the very proud owner of more mules than i can shake a stick at, i do believe one or more coining machines were in use for a matter of days, weeks, or less before the mistake was noticed by a senior member of staff. By then the standard of copper coins being produced by the private licensees had become so bad nobody gave a dam.

Personally i was unaware that privatization went back that far along with corporate giants gobbling up contracts and producing inferior products, but they did. But back to the point about halfpennies, what a relief greedy people are that predictable now we can all collect wonderful interesting coins. Halfpenny grades a problem free nearly fine.

 

 

 

WIIIH992F. William III halfpenny 1699 TYPE SIX Mule obverse 1 reverse 3 Halfpenny weighs 8.66 grams & 26 mm in size. The size is nothing to go on as the edge has been beaten all round, why who knows. I find it difficult to say anything interesting anymore about these coins, because ive more mules than i can shake a stick at.

Imagine what is must be like to spend years printing numismatic books, annuals or write ups knowing you just copied someone else`s crap, and i thought i was unfortunate not being able to spell. But back to reality, its a shame its be bashed about but its another full un-shared reverse or obverse. Halfpenny grades fair with obverse a little better.

 

 

 

WIIIH992G. William III halfpenny 1699 TYPE SEVEN Mule obverse 1 reverse 3 Halfpenny weighs 10.08 grams & 29 mm in size. Bollocks is this a mule ! the sales establishment does no worth while research or just copies the most recent book.

Ive earned the right to say that as thousand of hours of research has gone into studying die variants. Any way ! back to the coin, its be dipped in the past but luckily not cleaned and its started re-toning nicely.

 

 

WIIIH992H. William III halfpenny 1699 TYPE EIGHT Mule obverse 1 reverse 3 Halfpenny weighs 9.55 grams & 28.5 mm in size. That`s number eight found ! The hunts now on for number nine,, bring it on.

Halfpenny grades good fine with a lovely tone and super clear fields.


 

WIIIHE995. William III halfpenny 1699 First N missing in BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 9.83 grams & 28mm in size Seen ( 4 ) various types Nicholson 119 for one. Rare coin which grades reverse practically fine / obverse fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIHE996. William III halfpenny 1699 No stop reverse Halfpenny weighs 10.70 grams & 28.5mm in size. There are 6 various types of no stops reverse ive seen to date, a very rare coin which grades reverse fine / obverse good fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIHE997. William III halfpenny 1699 Different chisel strokes on A`s  Halfpenny weighs 8.85 grams & 28mm in size. Various types of bars often appear, there’s a few flat spots here and there with some porous surfaces otherwise halfpenny grades very fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIHE998. William III halfpenny 1699 Minting damage on edge  Halfpenny weighs 9.46 grams & 28mm in size. Halfpenny grades nearly very fine.

 

 

 

WIIIHE999. William III halfpenny 1699  No stop after GVLIELMVS  Halfpenny weighs 9.63 grams  & 28mm in size. I have seen ( 6-7  ) various types of these no stops after GVLIELMVS. there’s also four different types ( 1699 ) possibly five of this no stop after GVLIELMVS, in my opinion its as rare as its farthing equivalent but im unsure as to the rarest halfpenny type or year. A very rare coin and extremely rare in higher grades, this halfpenny grades only fair.

 

 

 

WIIIHE9910.  William III halfpenny 1699 No stop after GVLIELMVS  and a different die to the above .Halfpenny weighs 11.09 grams & 27.5 mm in size. This flan has been clipped from new, a mint worker sniped it from its copper sheet after it failed to be cut out or punched out cleanly, there’s also a raised bump about opposite the clipped area indicating the blank or flan hung on to the copper sheet at 7 & 2.30 before it was cut free ( clipped area ) then twisted left & right causing the now smoothed over bump at 2.30 o`clock.

Any no stop after GVLIELMVS are extremely rare regardless of date and should be acquired in any grade, sometimes its difficult to be 100% sure due to porous flans.  Halfpenny grades fine with missing stop most evident and is extremely rare in any grade.

 

 

WIIIHE9911. William III halfpenny 1699 Two reverse stops after BRITANNIA Halfpenny weighs 9.83 grams & 28 mm in size . The two stops are very visible, the larger of the two ( right ) stops coincides with the obverse stops, the smaller ( left ) stop is the additional stop, number two stop.

Double stop copper coins do turn up now and then, its a shame the reverse is worn down to nearly fair, though the obverse is better.

 

 

 

WIIIHE9912. William III halfpenny 1699 No stop after GVLIELMVS Halfpenny weighs 10.42 grams & 28 mm in weight, how many types of no stops after GVLIELMVS will never know; and its quite likely most have worn stops which can be misleading a collector.

flaw less surfaces are difficult to find on this issue, which makes it very hard to prove genuine no stop varieties. This Halfpenny grades nearly fine and`s about problem free.

 

 

 

WIIIHE9913. William III halfpenny 1699 Missing I in TERTIVS reads TERTVS also missing reverse stop. . Halfpenny weighs 8.82 grams & 27.75 mm in size. This mistake also exist on a 1696 date, possibly that coin was used by the privatized employee when preparing this die. An extremely rare coin, but which is rarer the 96 or 99 im unsure of. Halfpenny grades good fair +.

 

 

 

 

WIIIHE9913. William III halfpenny 1699 R over B or I in TERTIVS  Halfpenny weighs 9.96 grams & 28 mm in size. This letter over strike may well have been over looked in the past, and because of that its rather tricky to say how rare it really is. Ive had much thought about the matter and im sure ive never encountered another example before.

Time will tell on this matter but i have a hunch it will never appear anywhere else. Halfpenny grades fine.

 

 

 

WIIIHE9914. William III halfpenny 1699 Smalls S`s & I over Higher I in GVLIELMVS. Halfpenny weighs 9.69 grams & 28.5 mm in size. Towards the end of this copper coinage letter sizes were becoming more and more erratic, to the extent of every other letter would be erratic. As for the I over higher I quite a mini thing really considering whats happening and what will happen. Halfpenny grades with some porosity.

 

 

WIIIH9915. William III halfpenny 1699  E & L the wrong way around in GVLIELMVS  Says GVILELMVS Halfpenny weighs 11.02 grams & 27.5 mm in size. A very slight dumpy feel about it but excessively rare even in this grade. Half penny grades obverse fair reverse poor but at least problem free.

 

 

 

WIIIH9916. William III halfpenny 1699 Missing I in TERTIVS reads TERTVS  Halfpenny weighs 8. 40 grams & 28 mm in size A well documented and well difficult halfpenny to find in any grade.

This missing I is obvious to see and its a lucky fellow who can buy it with out the mistake being noticed. Halfpenny grades nearly fine with all clear enough.

 

 

 

 


 

1700 Halfpennies.  

 

 

WIIIH00. William III halfpenny 1700  T over A in BRITANNIA    Halfpenny weighs 11.09 grams & 28.75mm in size. I have seen very few of these halfpennies around 3-4 and certainly no more. Dr Nicholson number 144, an extremely rare coin which grades reverse good fair / obverse fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH00A. William III halfpenny 1700 T over A in BRITANNIA Halfpenny weighs 9.28 grams & 27.5 mm in size. I have seen very few of these halfpennies around 3-4 and certainly no more. Dr Nicholson number 144, an extremely rare coin which grades reverse good fair / obverse fine with T over A very clear.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH001. William III halfpenny 1700 TER TIVS with a 2.5 mm gap  Halfpenny weighs 10.22 grams & 27.75 mm in size. I have seen ( 8-9 ) of these halfpennies Nicholson 139 is the best example i have seen. Reference BMC 701 Nicholson 139, very rare coin and extremely rare in high grades. This halfpenny grades a problem free fair or better.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH001A. William III halfpenny 1700 TER TIVS with a 2.5 mm gap Halfpenny weighs 9.40 grams & 27.50 mm in size. I have seen ( 8-9 ) of these halfpennies Nicholson 139 is the best example i have seen. Reference BMC 701 Nicholson 139, very rare coin and extremely rare in high grades. This halfpenny grades good fair or better.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH002. William III halfpenny 1700 GVLIELMS Missing V unbarred A in BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 8.58 grams & 27.5mm in size. Ive seen about  ( 9 ) of this halfpenny to date, BMC 699 Nicholson 135/136. Very rare coin which ive never seen better than good fine. Halfpenny grades reverse about fine / obverse fine or better.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH003. William III halfpenny 1700 GVLIELMS Missing V unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 9.29 grams & 28 mm in size  And BMC 699 Nicholson 135/136. Very rare coin which never seems to appear better than good fine halfpenny grades fair.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH003. William III halfpenny 1700 GVLIELMS Missing V with unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 8.34 grams & 27.5 mm in size  And BMC 699 Nicholson 135/136. This coin rarely gets passed the sellers eye as the mistakes so obvious. Halfpenny grades a problem free fair with the usual

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH004. William III halfpenny 1700 GVLIEEMVS E for L unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 10.24 grams & 28.25mm in size. A very difficult coin to acquire with just 5 examples seen since 1980, BMC 700 Nicholson 137. An extremely rare coin and rarely seen for sale. Halfpenny grades good fine with some weaker areas.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH004A. William III halfpenny 1700 GVLIEEMVS E for L unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA Halfpenny weighs 9.09 grams & 28 mm in size. A very difficult coin to acquire with just 5 examples seen since 1980, BMC 700 Nicholson 137. An extremely rare coin and rarely seen for sale. Halfpenny grades a problem free fine, with the double EE`s most clear.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH005. William III halfpenny 1700 Defective T`s & E`s in legend  Halfpenny weighs 9.00 grams & 28mm in size, these defective letters are some times sold as varieties even by well established dealers, please click and read. Halfpenny grades reverse nearly fine / obverse fine or better.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH006. William III halfpenny 1700 Double struck die  Halfpenny weighs 9.82 grams & 28mm in size. Double struck dies often turn up, this halfpenny grades reverse practically fine / obverse fine or slightly better.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH007  William III halfpenny 1700 I over V in TERTIVS  Halfpenny weighs 10.15 grams & 27.5mm in size. These halfpennies ive never seen better than fine +, with a grand total of around  ( 7 ) seen to date. BMC 702 Nicholson 140/141/142. Extremely rare coin in any grade this halfpenny grades reverse fair or better / obverse nearly fine.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH008 William III halfpenny 1700 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs  9.55 grams &  28mm in size. These unbarred A`s  do turn up regular on this date, some time the A`s are huge and wiry yet other A`s look quite standard. A  rare coin and very rare in higher grades. Halfpenny grades about very fine.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH009 William III halfpenny 1700 Small thin flan  Halfpenny weighs just 6.98 grams & 26.5mm in size.  Most unusual and very rare, coin grades fair.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0010. William III halfpenny 1700 V for T in BRITANNIA BRIVANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 9.35 grams & 28mm in size. Im not sure if genuine but its one of the best contenders i have seen for the existence of this coin. Halfpenny grades fair.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0011. William III halfpenny 1700 V for T in BRITANNIA BRIVANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 8.87 grams & 27.5mm in size. Different die than above example. Im not entirely sure if its genuine but its one of the best contenders i have seen for the existence of this coin. Halfpenny grades fair.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0011A. William III Halfpenny 1700 V for T in BRITANNIA BRIVANNIA  Halfpenny weighs  9.35 grams & 28.75 mm in size. This halfpenny is the same as above 0011 and shows a far better example. After studying this piece its very possible that the existence of V for T ( BRIVANNIA  ) could well be true as it looks quite convincing. Ive yet to see a spot on, unarguably clear example to date.

Halfpenny Grades good fair and is the most convincing example i have seen to date of the possible existence of BRIVANNIA.

 

 

 

WIIIH0012. William III halfpenny 1700 I over E in GVLIELMVS  & unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA  Halfpenny weighs 9.94 grams & 27.5mm in size. Extremely rare halfpenny which possibly has been missed and gone unnoticed in the past. Halfpenny grades only fair though a better example 0012A is below.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0012A. William III halfpenny 1700 I over E GVLIELMVS &  Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA Halfpenny weighs 9.44 grams & 27.75 mm in size. Extremely rare halfpenny and one of a few various types of I over E and an improvement on the above example. Halfpenny grades very fine with porous surfaces.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0013. William III halfpenny 1700 A`s for V`s & V`s for A`s possible over date  Halfpenny weighs 10.01 grams & 27.75mm in size. A`s for V`s & V`s for A` is becoming more frequent in this halfpenny series, this example has two large zeros the first zero is covering up what looks to be a 7 the 2nd zero looks to be obscuring another number. Rare at least more so in a higher grade. Halfpenny grades about fair.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0014. WILLIAM III Halfpenny 1700  I over E & M over I in GVLIELMVS & unbarred A`s in Britannia  27.5 mm in size & 9.27 grams in weight. Extremely rare probably excessively rare halfpenny, The below example ( better, clearer I over E ) and this halfpenny are solely, so far the only two example ive seen other than Doctor Nichols 143 which is a different die. Halfpenny grades reverse really good fair / obverse nearly fine.

 

 

 

WIIIH0014A. WILLIAM III Halfpenny 1700 I over E & M over I in GVLIELMVS & unbarred A`s in Britannia. Halfpenny weighs 9.56 grams & 27 mm in size. Extremely rare probably excessively rare halfpenny, the above example and this halfpenny are solely, so far the only two example ive seen other than Doctor Nichols 143 which is a different die.

On the above example the E does resemble an L, this was my initial thoughts, again examples which are clearer regardless of grade can change and make all the difference.  Halfpenny grades fair with reverse slightly better, with strong legends and a very clear I over E.

 

 

WIIIH0014B. WILLIAM III Halfpenny 1700 I over E & M over I in GVLIELMVS & Unbarred A`s in Britannia Halfpenny weighs 9.59 grams & 27.25 mm in size. A reasonable grade for a coin of this rarity im sure a cast flan was used in this instance as these blanks were softer the end result was longer lasting dies.

Halfpenny grades nearly fine with over strikes clear to see.

 

 

WIIIH0015. WILLIAM III Halfpenny 1700 I over V in TERTIVS  27.5 mm in size & 8.37 grams in weight and certainly on the thinner side only. Very few of these turn over the years this I over V mistake should be collected in ant grade as it will years before another turns up . BMC 702 Nicholson 140/141/142. Extremely rare coin which grades reverse fine / obverse strong fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0016. William III halfpenny 1700 I over E in GVLIELMVS & unbarred A`s in Britannia Halfpenny weighs 9.37 grams 28 mm in size. This example is a different die than the other I over E in GVLIELMVS in this collection. Extremely rare coin which grades nearly fine with weak areas.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0017. William III halfpenny 1700 I over E in GVLIELMVS & unbarred A`s in Britannia. Halfpenny weighs 9.02 grams & 27.5 mm in size. Different to the above examples and again on a different die, the first A in Britannia probably does have a bar but its not conclusive.

Its likely there`s more examples in collections that have gone unnoticed as this over stamp is difficult to see unless specifically searching for L over E. Halfpenny grades reverse about fine and weakly struck/ obverse grades a strong fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0017. William III halfpenny 1700 missing N & R over B in BRITANNIA & probably TERTIVS. Halfpenny weighs 9.25 grams & 27.5 mm in size. Quite the oddity indeed, there is room for the N and its more than likely the die was blocked resulting in the absence of the N.

R over B is an epidemic on farthings of this issue but not so much halfpennies making this quite an important coin. As the B & R are so close together it does look genuine, as this spacing is nearly always present on farthings with R`s over B`s. It also looks like R over B in TERTIVS, halfpenny grades nearly very fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0018. William III halfpenny 1700 I over E in GVLIELMVS & un-barred A`s in BRITANNIA Halfpenny weighs 8.97 grams & 27.5 mm in size. Theirs an example of a I over E in the Dr Nicholson collection number 143, this example has a different obverse and reverse than 143.

I can`t find a single reference to Dr Nicholson 143 any wear and looks to be unrecorded, but so many coins are due to the lack of comprehensive catalogs ( another reason why i built this sight ) which makes categorizing common to rare difficult. This example is probably a metal detecting find due to the surfaces but plenty good enough to prove its existence. Halfpenny grades overall fine and extremely rare in any grade.

 

 

 

WIIIH0018A. William III halfpenny 1700 I over E in GVLIELMVS & unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA also a Roman I in date. Halfpenny weighs 10.38 grams & 28 mm in size. This halfpenny shares the same obverse as the above 0018 but the reverse is different, looking at the date there’s clearly a roman one or anIin the date. But the I in the date is smaller than the I in BRITANNIA which leads me to believe its a Roman one.

An absolutely brilliant problem free example with super clear fields, halfpenny grades good fine and is a most important find in deed.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0018A. William III halfpenny 1700 I over E in GVLIELMVS & Un-barred A`s in BRITANNIA Halfpenny weighs 9.28 grams & 28.75 mm in size Certainly a rare coin along with the above and below examples but all are different to Doctor Nicholson’s 143. Halfpenny grades obverse nearly very fine / reverse with a weak strike grades fine with black tone.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0018B. William III halfpenny 1700 I over E in GVLIELMVS & Un-barred  A`s in BRITANNIA. Halfpenny weighs 8.80 grams & 28.25 mm in size . This example is the same as the above except a lower grade and what looks like a later strike, one could be forgiven for miss identifying I over L. Halfpenny grades fair with I over E really quite clear.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0019.  William III halfpenny 1700 G over displaced G 2nd 0 over side ways 0 in date. Halfpenny weighs 9.45 grams & 27.5 mm in size, the oddities seem endless on this halfpenny coinage. Halfpenny grades obverse nearly fine / reverse fair with a weak right hand side strike on both sides.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0020. William III halfpenny 1700  unbarred A`s  in BRITANNIA Inverted A in GVLIELMVS 00`s in date over side ways 0`s.Halfpenny weighs 9.64 grams & 27.5 mm in size. The first N in Britannia is out of alignment with the rest of the legend.

I can not find any reference for the piece on the internet which isn’t surprising,its the only example ive seen to date and how rare who knows.Halfpenny grades a problem free good fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0021. William III halfpenny 1700  M over displaced M 1 in date almost worn away. Halfpenny weighs 9.59 grams and 28 mm in size. The die legends whist being first punched ( as there’s no signs of a legend retouch ) left the first m to near the V in GVLIELMVS probably and decided to move the M to the left. The reverse 7 in this 1700 date has almost faded and could do and im sure was re-entered very soon. Halfpenny grades fine with remarkably barred A`s.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0022. William III halfpenny 1700 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA with an unusual TERTIVES configuration. Halfpenny weighs 9.24 grams and almost 28 mm in size. Halfpenny grades a problem free nearly fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0023. William III halfpenny 1700 Small N` s in BRITANNIA with small zeros in date Halfpenny weighs 10.03 grams & 28 MM in size, a detecting find with a few stains. Small N`s in Britannia is normally seen on a 1696 date, halfpenny grades fair.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0024.  William III halfpenny 1700 made from brass looks probably genuine Halfpenny weighs 9.03 grams & 26.75 mm in size, theirs two letters which are not standard, the S in TERTIVS & I in GVLIELMVS.  Its to heavy to be an Evasion / counterfeit, though the letters are poorly executed and would suggest so. Halfpenny grades about fair with know real issues.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0025. William III halfpenny 1700 Small farthing numbers in date Halfpenny weighs 9.89 grams & 27.5 mm in size. The 1 & 7 being absolutely tiny, with 00 just a tad bigger. Halfpenny grades overall obverse good fine / reverse fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0025A. William III halfpenny 1700 Small farthing numbers in date with a different obverse than above example. Halfpenny weighs 10.23 grams & 27 mm in size. A very small 17 in the date from farthing date punches with the zeros slightly bigger barely get away with belonging their.

A nice find especially in countering a different obverse to the above example halfpenny grades obverse fine / reverse good fair.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0026. William III halfpenny 1700 E over L in GVLIELMVS & First 0 over side ways 0 in date Halfpenny weighs 9.73 grams & 27.5 mm in size. Not an easy one two spot, the E is much thicker than the E in TERTIVS and the lower horizontal stick of the E is a tad longer with the end up right point of the L well visible.

This type has probably gone under the radar for years so realistically its impossible to say how rare it is, that’s my honest opinion. Its worth noting how low the bars in the A`s are, possibly the lowest in this collection. Halfpenny grades practically fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0027.  William III halfpenny 1700 T for I in BRITANNIA L over E or E over L in GVLIELMVS & 00 over 77 Halfpenny weighs 9.55 grams & 27.75 mm in size This example is an earlier strike unlike the beneath example, which give better clarity in helping to identify these anonimes.

First the underline angles in the under date suggest the number 77 is present due to the angle of downward travel, these can be seen with a powerful glass, the date 1701 was notorious for large zeros in the date  ( notice the first zero over side ways zero ) which was lucky in this instant. The L over E or E over L is a tricky one, notice the bottom of the E practically resembles the first L in GVLIELMVS, also the E is thicker unlike the E in TERTIVS, but are from the same die as they share the same die flaw in the middle center E stick . Theirs know doubt the obverse die has been touched up or re-punched due to the difference in letter sizes, IVS in TERTIVS along with both T`s.

Its also certain that obverse and reverse dies were prepared separately, and not meant to be a pair ( like orphans ) due to the difference in letter shapes and sizes on both sides. The reverse double TT in BRITANNIA you would think is obvious, but its not ! its easily missed. After all of the above you’d think this would be the easiest to spot, alas no !.

Ive seen just two other examples of this type which must be extremely rare, possibly rarer. Halfpenny grades nearly fine with problem free surfaces.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0027A.  William III halfpenny 1700 T for I in BRITANNIA L & E anonimes not present 00 over 77  Halfpenny weighs 8.14 grams & 27.25 mm in size. The over punch on the E is not present indicating its worn away because this example is a later strike or what i believe an L punch was used later on at some point to strengthen a weak or defective E. This is more probable as the above example has quite fatter, swollen, letters compared to this example. Halfpenny grades good fair and extremely rare.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0028. William III halfpenny 1700 T over I in TERTIVS  Halfpenny weighs 8.99 grams & 28 mm in size A well disguised over strike and problem free thankfully. Halfpenny grades good fair and is extremely rare. This halfpenny is the first of its type that ive seen, internet searches have also proved unsuccessful, so sadly its so far impossible to pigeon hole.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0029. William III halfpenny 1700 An excellent evasion piece Halfpenny weighs 10.64 grams & 27.5 mm in size. Late 17th century counterfeits are rare and are normally more convincing than the 18th century, especially those of George III. No doubt a cast flan with a quite unique shoulder plate on the Kings portrait naturally. Halfpenny grades a problem free fair, and is quite an important find.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0029. William III halfpenny 1700 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA Double entered S in TERTIVS. Halfpenny weighs 9.56 grams & 27.74 mm in size. Missing bars are now an epidemic and becoming a regular feature in daily life. Halfpenny grades good fair.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0030. William III halfpenny 1700 Farthing size T over Halfpenny size T unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA Halfpenny weighs 9.81 grams & 28 mm in size This probably was to only strengthen the top of the T and we have evidence especially in the earlier years of this coinage under size letters were often used especially on 1696,7.

Theirs also unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA which is not a big deal on this coinage if i must be honest. Halfpenny grades a problem free overall good fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0031. William III halfpenny 1700 First A Un-barred in BRITANNIA & E for L in GVLIELMVS reads GVLIEEMVS And Different from WIIIH004/A above Halfpenny weighs 9.73 grams & 27.5 mm in size. I never expected to find a second type of GVLIEEMVS , im was more than content with just the one example.

There is a chip or flat area between 3 & 4 o`clock, reverse of course, this is where the planchet or flan, blank was cut with metal snips to free it from a semi failed blank press. The blank was more likely located around the edge of the copper sheet ( my opinion ) wheres theirs less pressure.

A very clear Double E on this more than extremely rare example which grades a overall about fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0032. William III halfpenny 1700 Thin flan Halfpenny weighs 7.56 & 27.75 mm in size Not cut clean from it sheet of copper and Slightly miss shaped at 1 & 2 o`clock from when cut free. Weak areas as often other wise about fine.

 


 

 

1701 Halfpennies. 

 

 

 

WIIIH011. William III halfpenny 1701  E over R in TERTIVS  Halfpenny weighs 9.01 grams & 27.75 mm in size. With just six seen its certainly not an easy coin to find, the unusual V in GVLIELMVS looks more like a Y which could help identify this halfpenny in some instances. An extremely rare halfpenny which grades fine +.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH011A. William III halfpenny 1701 E over R in TERTIVS Halfpenny weighs 9.95 grams and 28 mm in size. With just six seen its certainly not an easy coin to find, there is some minor original colour is the lower areas and is not that far from being as struck as there`s minimal wear.

This halfpenny was struck on a cast flan and not a rolled flan as it should be, the many micro holes present is an indication the contractors were still breaking the terms agreed when the contract was awarded stipulating that rolled blanks will be used. Halfpenny grades good fine.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH011B. William III halfpenny 1701 E over R in TERTIVS Halfpenny weighs 8.29 grams and 29.5 mm in size. With just six seen its certainly not an easy coin to find, there’s considerable wear on this example regardless of its thinner flan. The downward stroke of the R in TERTIVS is still visible, though the Y shaped V in GVLIELMVS helps to confirm this rare piece. Halfpenny grades fair.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH012. William III halfpenny 1701  Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA inverted A`s for V`s in GVLIELMVS & TERTIVS  Halfpenny weighs 8.82 grams & 28mm in size. There seems to be up to seven different types of this large 0 in the date, they all have different legend variations most with errors. This example is not in the Nicholson collection, but which type is the rarest i could not say. Halfpenny grades  fair.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH012A. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA inverted A`s for V s  in GVLIELMVS & TERTIVS  Halfpenny weighs  8.1 grams & 28 mm in size. Halfpenny is a metal detector find as it has an attractive bottle green tone, two out of the three obverse inverted A`s are very clear. Halfpenny grades about fair and relatively clear.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH012B. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA inverted A`s for V`s in GVLIELMVS & TERTIVS Halfpenny weighs 10.22 grams & 28 mm in size. Much better than the two above examples, slightly grainy strike on the Kings  ( Breast plate ) boss other wise a  nice coin.

There is evidence of casting which was an epidemic on this coinage on both halfpenny and farthing, halfpenny grades nearly very fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH013. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA inverted A`s for V`s in GVLIELMVS & TERTIVS   Halfpenny weighs 9.60 grams & 29mm in size. Dr  Nicholson number 148 and certainly a rare coin which grades good fair.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH014. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA inverted A`s for V`s in GVLIELMVS & TERTIVS     Halfpenny weighs 9.07 grams & 28mm in size. This example is not in the Nicholson collection. Halfpenny grades bold good fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH015. William III halfpenny 1701  01 0ver 00 in date first 0 over side ways 0  Halfpenny weighs 8.52 grams & 28mm in size. This example is the first i have seen which is a good specimen and clear enough. Halfpenny grades reverse nearly fine / obverse fine.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH016. William III halfpenny 1701  Last A unbarred in BRITANNIA large O in date  Halfpenny weighs 9.55 grams & 28mm in size. Rare halfpenny which grades fair.

 

 

 

 

 

WIIIH017. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA large O in date Halfpenny weighs 10.00 grams & 28 mm in size, rare and very rare in high grades. Halfpenny grades reverse bold fine with weakness on Britannia’s face / obverse fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH018. William III halfpenny 1701 with large O in date Halfpenny weighs 10.07 grams & 28.5  mm in size, rare and very rare in high grades. Halfpenny grades a problem free nearly fine.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH019. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA small O in date Halfpenny weighs 9.17 grams & 28.5 mm in size rare, and very rare in high grades. Halfpenny grades good fair.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0110. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA GV over B Halfpenny weighs 9.08 grams & 27.5 mm in size,  Dr Nicholson number 153 and very rare. The mint worker must have thought he was preparing the reverse then realized his mistake. Halfpenny grades a problem good fair with GV over B reasonably clear.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0110A. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA GV over B Halfpenny weighs 9.29 grams & 27 mm in size,  Dr Nicholson number 153 and very rare. The mint worker must have thought he was preparing the reverse then realized his mistake Halfpenny grades a problem fair with GV over B very clear.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0110B. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA GV over B Halfpenny weighs 9.82 grams & 27.5 mm in size. The mint worker must have thought he was preparing the reverse then realized his mistake. This third example in this collection shows the error very clear, and in superior clarity. Halfpenny grades fine with a very dark tone.

 

 

 

WIIIH0110C. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA GV over B Halfpenny weighs 9.54 grams &  27.5 mm in size. Dr Nicholson number 153 and very rare and extremely rare in high grades, one day i shall find an example with a different reverse.

Halfpenny grades Obverse good fine / reverse fine with good metal and completely problem free.

 

 

 

WIIIH0110D. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA & GV over B Halfpenny weighs 9.56 grams &  27.75 mm in size.

Dr Nicholson number 153 and very rare and extremely rare in high grades, one day i shall find an example with a different reverse.

Halfpenny grades Obverse fine / reverse nearly fine with good metal and completely problem free.

 

 

 

WIIIH0111.  William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA & Inverted A in GVLIELMVS & TERTIVS Halfpenny weighs 10.03 grams & 28 mm in size, this is the forth type of inverted A`s in this collection and Dr Nicholson number 149. Weakly struck portrait along with Britannia which grades fine,the legends much bolder.Very rare with errors clear to see.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0111A. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A` s in BRITANNIA & Inverted A` s in GVLIELMVS & TERTIVS with possibly B over D in BRITANNIA Halfpenny weighs 9.55 grams & 28.25 mm in size. The same halfpenny as above but unusually a different obverse. On closer inspection its very possible that the B in BRITANNIA could be over a D.

I do believe this halfpenny to be a later strike as the date and legends are deteriorating compared to the above example, its quite possible the original obverse was taken out of services due to wear and or damage, thus being paired up with a different obverse to keep it in service that bit longer. Dr Nicholson number 149 but with a different obverse, halfpenny grades good fair with a porous flan.

 

 

 

WIIIH0111A. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA & inverted A`s in GVLIELMVS & TERTIVS Halfpenny weighs 9.80 grams & 28 mm in size as above but a slightly earlier strike. Rare in nice grades this example has the usual weak patches other wise a nicely toned good fine.

 

 

 

WIIIH0112. William III halfpenny 1701 Double struck date; legend, & BRITANNIA  Often its the die making process which makes one of the later double struck , on this occasion the minting process was responsible, along with strange V`s and un-barred   A`s . Halfpenny grades nearly fine.  

 

 

 

 

WIII0113. William III halfpenny 1701 Large 0 unbarred A`s reverse & inverted A`s for V`s on obverse.No doubt a detector find with a muddy green tone though stable, halfpenny grades nearly fine.

 

 

 

 

WIII0114. William III halfpenny 1701 Large 0 in date & un-barred A`s in BRITANNIA Halfpenny weighs 9.75 grams & 27.5 mm in size. Obverse legends are swollen and are now impossible to repunch, the obverse dies working life will soon end as it becomes unusable. Halfpenny grades fine with a weak patch coinciding on both sides.

 

 

 

 

WIIIH0115. William III halfpenny 1701 Un-barred As in Britannia also a long letter L in GVLIELMVS Halfpenny weighs 9.57 grams & 27.75. By 1701 unbarred A`s was an epidemic, though some coin catalogs over the years still insist its extremely rare. If you ever get the chance to browse an old coin catalog its always a good read just to see how few entries their were in the copper section.

Theirs nothing that special about this fella except the length of the last L in GVLIELMVS, every thing about seems larger, the width of the upright part of the L, and of course the bottom piece. It  doesn’t belong there, im sure ive seen one before but i can not remember where. Halfpenny grades overall nearly fine with strong legends.

 

 

 

WIIIH0116. William III halfpenny 1701 3 Inverted A`s on Obverse un-barred A`s on reverse E for L in GVLIELMVS says GVLIEEMVS Halfpenny weighs 9.42 grams & 29 mm in size. This halfpenny really is quite remarkable to have so many mistakes even the flan is on the larger side, its really worth taking a look so as to study the piece.

An incredible find for this last of year halfpenny coinage, halfpenny grades about fine with a very weak reverse strike and a dig to Britannia`s knee.

 

 

 

WIIIH0117. William III halfpenny 1701 Unbarred A`s in BRITANNIA & two RomanI`sin date. Halfpenny weighs 9.03 grams & 27.75 grams.  Looking at the date there’s clearly two Roman ones or anIin the date, But the ones in the date are smaller than the I in BRITANNIA which leads me to believe they are Roman ones.

Their was either a small I punch around or its simply a case of an inverted I, but twice is most unlikely. The only possible answer is that the servant die was prepared with a date, this should not happen. Only the working die should have dates and legends entered, this is the die that strikes the coins.

Halfpenny grades an about problem free fair with good metal.