E-Auction 34 Aftersale Lot 83

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E-Auction 34 Aftersale Lot 83

George I. 1714-1727. Copper halfpenny. 9.5 gm. 25 mm. First issue ("Dump" issue) (A two-year type; excluding the "2 or 3 known" of 1719). 1718. His laureate and cuirassed bust right; GEORGIVS • REX around (there is a faint suggestion of a first stop, not so for the second stop) / Britannia seated left; BRITANNIA. around, 1718 in exergue. S. 3659. Peck 774-5. Very Fine; attractive, good metal, pleasing surfaces, the reverse flan surface had irregularities before the piece was struck.

Peck notes that Newton had to produce something to serve as small change and the first small thick flans ("dump") were produced. Peck adds that the "issues are rather marred by flaws, also parts of the designs…often failed to strike up properly." Otherwise, the high relief design on a compact flan was a marked (and attractive) improvement over the William III issues that had ended a decade and a half earlier.


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