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1773 Virginia copper Halfpenny. Period after GEORGIVS. MS63 BN PCGS.

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1773 Virginia copper Halfpenny. Period after GEORGIVS. MS63 BN PCGS.
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1773 Virginia copper Halfpenny. Period after GEORGIVS. MS63 BN PCGS.
A choice example of this important coinage with above average glossy smooth surface and pleasing olive-brown color. Likely from the Mendes Cohen hoard that contained several specimens of this variety.

Although King James granted coinage privileges to Virginia during his reign nothing was done until 1772 when the Crown authorized coinage of up to 25 tons of copper halfpennies. These were made at the Tower Mint in London and shipped to America in 1774 for use in the colony. They were the first and only true coins ever made exclusively for use in America. Had they been made sooner they may have persuaded many Tory sympathizers to forestall separation from England, but the effort was too little and too late. These coins are a unique and important part of American history that deserve a place in every collection.

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