1801 to 1967
Values, images, and specifications for British
half farthing coins from 1801 to 1967.
Initially, the UK half farthing
was minted exclusively for
colonial use in Ceylon.
In 1842 it was also made
legal tender within Britain.
The first circulation issue UK
half farthing was minted in
1828, and the last in 1856.
The British half farthing was eventually demonitised in 1869.
The UK half farthing obverse features the monarch of the time,
encircled by a legend describing their titles.
Three reverse types were used, the first
showing Britannia seated, the second
showing 'HALF FARTHING' with the royal
crown above, and the date and a rose below,
and the third replacing the rose with a rose,
thistle, and shamrock.
1 half farthing = 1/2 of a farthing
= 1/8 of a penny = 1/96 of a shilling
= 1/1,920 of a pound
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