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Virginia halfpenny (with period)

1773
Origin: England, London
Diameter: 25mm
Copper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. West
Acc. No. 2002-64
Obv. - Laur. bust of George III to r.

Rev. - Virginia arms

Label:Although granted by it charter of 1606, Virginia did not pursue the right to a coinage until eve of the Revolution, when the Crown struck the only colony-specific issue ever fully authorized. Although the coins arrived in Virginia in a timely fashion, Treasurer Robert Carter Nicholas wouldn't release them for circulation until February 1775, when the royal proclamation permitting their circulation arrived.

Virginia's 1773 halfpenny was used extensively in Williamsburg, where more than 100 specimens have been recovered from archaeological digs.

Breen #180, Newman-27.J (with period)
Provenance:Very likely from the Col. Mendes Cohen hoard, found in a keg in Richmond, VA in 1859. The hoard was dispersed by Waite Raymond in 1929, with some 2900 uncirculated specimens being sold off.
Inscription(s):Obv. - GEORGIUS.III.REX.

Rev. - 1773.VIRGINIA.