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1723 HIBERNIA HALFPENNY

        

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Obverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny     Reverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny

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PCGS MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Superior Stamp & Coin's "The ANA 2000 National Money Show Auction", March 2-3, 2000, Lot 5, "Breen-154 Pellet before H, Small 3"

Additional examples of this variety:
PCGS MS-63 Brown.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 10, "Breen-115, no pellet before H", illustrated, not sold

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc. "The Benson Collection, Part III", February 24-25, 2003, Lot 11, illustrated, bought back by the consignor for $402.50

"EF-45".  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale" May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1004, where it was plated and described as follows: "1723 Wood's Hibernia Halfpenny Breen-154 EF45. Choice glossy medium brown with mint frost in the protected areas. The only flaws are some microscopic planchet voids on the cheek, as struck. Strong die clashmarks on the upper reverse. Very nice for the grade, perhaps even better following a bath. Weight 119.0 grains."

Obverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny     Reverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny

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PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Superior Stamp & Coin's "The ANA 2000 National Money Show Auction", March 2-3, 2000, Lot 6, "Breen-155 No Pellet before H, Large 3"

Obverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny     Reverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny

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PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Superior Stamp & Coin's "The ANA 2000 National Money Show Auction", March 2-3, 2000, Lot 7, "Breen-157 No Pellet before H, Small 3"

PCGS MS-63, Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 19 at $517.00, where it was described as follows: "1723 Hibernia Halfpenny. PCGS graded MS-63 Brown. No period before HIBERNIA. Quite well struck with full beading on both sides. Flawless medium dark chocolate brown with traces of faded mint red throughout the obverse. There is a short die line into the field below the R of REX, and the X is recut."

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira S. Reed, July 1944 as "V.Fine" at $3.50 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 20 at $322.00, where it was described as follows: "1723 Hibernia Halfpenny. PCGS graded AU-55. These were originally struck by William Wood who obtained an authorizing Royal Patent to strike these for Ireland. However, they were unpopular as the patent allowed them to be well underweight when compared with then current coinage in England (60 halfpence to the pound in Ireland as compared to 46 halfpence to the pound then current in England). The Irish people were outraged and refused the coins. Speculators purchased them at bullion value and shipped them off to America, where they circulated for a century or more.  Chocolate brown in color with some areas of reddish color, and with some minor verdigris tucked in with the devices. Sharply impressed by the dies, and a perfect example to represent this important colonial issue."
  

Obverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny     Reverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny

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PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, June 9, 2001, Lot 1229, where it was described as follows: "1723 Wood's Hibernia Halfpenny, PCGS graded About Uncirculated-55.  Formerly Lot 20 in the Benson collection sold on February 16, 2001 and so noted on the holder insert. Medium brown in color, with some faint verdigris hidden in George's hair and around some of the legends. Nevertheless, this is an impressive, well-struck example of the type showing very little actual wear and just a hint of friction on the highpoints."

Obverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny     Reverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny

"Choice Extremely Fine" (illustrated above).  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1343, where it was described as follows: "1723 Wood's Hibernia Halfpenny, Choice Extremely Fine.  Nice, glossy brown surfaces. Tiny rim ding at 4 o'clock on the obverse. An interesting break connects the reverse figure's head with the letter A just above."
  

  
Obverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny     Reverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny

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"Extremely Fine".  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, June 9, 2001, Lot 1230, where it was described as follows: "1723 Hibernia Halfpenny, Extremely Fine.  114.7 grains. A perfect, glossy brown EF example of this type."
   

   
Obverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny     Reverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny

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"Extremely Fine" (illustrated above).  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1344, where it was described as follows: "1723 Wood's Hibernia Halfpenny, Extremely Fine.  Dark brown, with light micro-porosity over both sides and some scattered traces of red verdigris. Lamination streak on the upper left reverse. Very nicely detailed. These piece were made for circulation in Ireland, where they were rejected, then sent to the American colonies.."
  

   
Obverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny      Reverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny

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PCGS MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 25, illustrated.
  

   
Obverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny      Reverse of 1723 Hibernia

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PCGS MS-65 Red & Brown.  Ex - Paul Arthur Norris - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 26, illustrated.
  

Obverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny      Reverse of 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny

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PCGS MS-65 Red & Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena's Eliasberg Sale, May 1996, lot 38 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 27, illustrated.
  

PCGS MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale" May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1003, where it was described as follows: "1723 Wood's Hibernia Halfpenny Breen-155 No Pellet before H. PCGS graded Mint State-65 Brown.  Choice lustrous medium brown and chocolate with traces of faded mint red in protected areas, especially on the reverse. The only defect, and it is trivial, is a faint swipe of darker toning through the T in GRATIA. The fields are smooth and satiny. Sharply struck and very attractive."
PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 2, not illustrated, "...Breen-157.  No pellet before H, Small 3...11 harp strings...Struck from rusted dies, with the evidence most obvious on the obverse.", sold for $747.50

PCGS AU-50.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 11, "Breen-171", illustrated, sold for $4,370.00