• 1/2 Penny 1856, KM# 5, Nova Scotia, Victoria
  • 1/2 Penny 1856, KM# 5, Nova Scotia, Victoria
Description

The local legislature of Nova Scotia had sought the right to issue coins in 1817 and got as far as legislation being passed in Britain (Act (57 Geo. III. c.2)) but this failed to gain Royal Assent. In 1824 they ordered tokens from a firm in Birmingham without seeking approval from the Home Office. These proved successful and further orders were made in 1832, 1840 and 1843. On 25 October 1855 they sought approval for a further issue. This was approved by the British Treasury and resulted in a new authorised issue in 1856 still using the word 'token', an indication that the metal content of the pieces was not full value.

Obverse

Diademed head of the Queen facing left.
Engraver: Leonard Charles Wyon.

VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D: 1856

Reverse

A branch of mayflower with leaves and blossoms.
Engraver: John S. Thompson.

PROVINCE OF NOVA-SCOTIA HALF PENNY TOKEN

Edge

1/2 Penny

Token, without LCW
KM# 5 Breton# 876
Characteristics
Material Copper
Weight 7.6 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 1.9 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Heaton Mint, Birmingham (H)

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