Counter Struck Nova Scotia 1/2 Penny

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RassilonCoins
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Counter Struck Nova Scotia 1/2 Penny

Post by RassilonCoins » Tue Jul 13, 2021 11:43 am

Wondering if anyone may have seen this counter strike before and know the history.
The coin is an 1864 Nova Scotia 1/2 Penny and the counter strike is
J W I(L?)
Jan. 18
1880
Could be a souvenir type mark but there was a large amount of private issue coins around this time.
Any info would be a great help
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TBH
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Re: Counter Struck Newfoundland 1/2 Penny

Post by TBH » Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:32 pm

Looks more like a Nova Scotia half cent.
A half cent was worth about 1/4 penny, maybe 1/5 penny.

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Re: Counter Struck Newfoundland 1/2 Penny

Post by RassilonCoins » Wed Jul 14, 2021 11:19 am

My mistake. It is most definitely a Nova Scotia 1/2 penny
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I was working with Newfoundland coins just prior to writing this post.
Thanks for pointing that out

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Re: Counter Struck Nova Scotia 1/2 Penny

Post by TBH » Wed Jul 14, 2021 6:33 pm

It's not a half penny, it's a half cent, which was worth a little less than half of a halfpenny in 1864.
Before WWI cents and half cents circulated alongside pennies and halfpennies.
Cents and pennies were two completely different things back then.
Cents were 1/100th of a dollar, pennies were 1/240th of a pound sterling.
The value of dollar fluctuated then as it does now so that there was no fixed relationship between the cent and the penny. Originally Nova Scotia tried to value the half cent at five per penny but it didn't last long.

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