Origin: Our halfpennies were struck between 1727 and 1775, during the reigns of King George II and III. They include both "regal" and "non-regal" examples, meaning both coins officially issued by the British government as well as unofficial strikes made by others due to coin shortages in the 1700's. You can choose which king you would like your coin to depict from the dropdown menu above. They have been acquired from private collections and thoroughly inspected for authenticity by the History Hoard team.
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The staple coinage of the American colonies.
In terms of money, the British really had it out against the colonies.
There were two main restrictions that effectively pushed coins into short supply.
First, the colonies were not allowed to create their own coins. But worse than that, gold or silver coins were not allowed to be imported from Britain.
So, what did the colonists do instead? They mostly used Spanish silver dollars or traded British copper pieces, just like the ones shown here.
These colonial halfpennies are great examples of what the American colonists would have used before independence. All of them come with over 200 years of history, dated within the 1700's during the rule of King George II or III.
This coin is a rare example of money minted within the colonies, in defiance of the British. Coins like these could easily fetch over $10,000 at auction (image credit: Portable Antiquities Scheme).
About Early American Money: The journey to the US dollar
The vast majority of money used in the colonies and the early United States came from the British, Spanish, Portuguese, and French empires. These coins entered the colonies through trade with the West Indies, and supplied some badly needed currency to a system that would otherwise be reliant on simple bartering (trading goods for other goods instead of money). The Spanish silver dollar was the staple of American currency at the time, which was often cut into eight pieces to create change (creating the phrase "pieces of eight").
However, the colonies did end up minting some of their own currency despite England's disapproval. Massachusetts was the main colony to defy the ban on coinage, and began minting their own coins in the 1650's. Regardless of the current year, each coin they produced was still stuck with the date "1652." This was done so that if the colony was challenged by the British, they could deny the ongoing minting of coins and claim that the coins had not been created since that year.
Though the US dollar was eventually established in 1792, it would still take a few years for the government to begin consistently creating money and for the new currency to catch on.
Your order will include:
- One British halfpenny dated within the 1700's (King George II or III)
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
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