• 1/2 Penny 1840-1843, KM# 3, Nova Scotia, Victoria
  • 1/2 Penny 1840-1843, KM# 3, Nova Scotia, Victoria

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. The weight and size of these coins vary, especially for 1840 half pennies.


Head of Queen Victoria facing left.
Engraver: William Wyon.



A two-leaved thistle head.

Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles often occur all over the plant – on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. Typically, an involucre with a clasping shape of a cup or urn subtends each of a thistle's flowerheads.



1/2 Penny

KM# 3 Breton# 874
Material Copper
Weight 8.87 g
Diameter 28.38 mm
Thickness 1.68 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Heaton Mint, Birmingham (H)

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