George I (1714-1727), “Dump” issue Copper Halfpenny,
1717, first issue, laureate and cuirassed bust right, toothed border both sides,
Reverse, inverted die axis, Britannia seated left on globe, with shield, spear and spray of leaves, date in exergue
(Peck 768; S.3659). 9.7 grams
At the beginning of King George I (1714–1727) reign, the surplus of copper coins was completed. In 1717 a new contract was agreed and a Royal Warrant issued for the production of a new halfpenny. These halfpennies were struck in 1717 and 1718 and looked different as they were smaller, thicker and lighter than the previous issues, weighing between 9.4–10.3 grams.
These were well-struck with high-relief features, the 1717–1718 issue is known as the ‘dump halfpenny’.
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