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Great Britain Irish Halfpenny Liberty Security Reverse  1795
Great Britain Irish Halfpenny Liberty Security Reverse 1795

This is a rare item associated with colonial times in America. It is a 'mule,' wherein front and back dies are mis-matched in an unnatural way. The front is an Irish halfpenny and the back is a 'Liberty and Security' token minted by William Lutwyche in Birmingham.

The coin in our picture comes from Stack's where it sold for $280 US dollars in a 2005 auction. We think that price is low, and the coin is actually worth much more.

There is a good write-up on these coins over at the Notre Dame web site, although information about value is not included.

Here are CoinQuest's estimates of catalog value for these coins:

worn: $100 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $800

Each of these coins will, of course, stand on its own merits. If the coin is corroded, scratched, stained, cleaned, or otherwise compromised, value will be much less.

Coin: 17450 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Bgreeny, Mon, 21-Jul-2014 21:10:38 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 22-Jul-2014 18:06:26 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sat, 23-Jul-2016 15:01:17 GMT
Requester description: 1795 One side has a lady standing straight up with her right arm resting on an anchor. The date 1795 is written below her.

The other side has a shield on it with what appears to be an eagle flying just above it. In the right talon the bird is holding a branch of some sort and to the left of that I can barely make out the letters 'berty' so maybe it says liberty?
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