A Treatise on Varieties of British Fractional Bronze 1860-1970
First Edition 2021
"The most comprehensive reference book on British halfpennies and farthings available"
This brand new 165-page guide book comprehensively covers the bronze halfpennies, farthings and third farthings of Great Britain and the 1/48th shillings and 1/24th shillings of Jersey from 1860 to 1970, including all known patterns and proofs. It documents all currently known obverse and reverse die varieties and all known die pairings including 4 new farthing varieties and 27 new halfpenny varieties not documented in Michael Freeman's The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain. It also covers the history of the bronze halfpennies, farthings and third farthings of Great Britain and the 1/48th shillings and 1/24th shillings of Jersey, from their introduction, design and alloy changes and eventual replacement due to the arrival of decimal currency.
The British bronze farthing section is available as a free sample chapter (please do not re-host or re-upload).
Lists of obverse and reverse die descriptions and specifications are followed by profusely illustrated chronological listings of die pairings with cross-references to Charles Wilson Peck's, Michael Freeman's, Michael Gouby's, Malcolm Lewendon's, Iain Dracott's and David Groom's numbering systems for easy identification and cross-referencing.
This book includes all 121 currently known predecimal British bronze farthing die pairings (21 obverse designs and 15 reverse designs) and 202 currently known British bronze halfpenny die pairings (34 obverse designs and 51 reverse designs) issued during the reigns of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, King Edward VIII, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. There are high resolution photos of almost all of the obverse and reverse designs along with detailed descriptions to help easily distinguish the different dies.
This book covers:
- British third farthings 1866 - 1913
- British farthings 1860 - 1956
- British halfpennies 1860 - 1970
- Jersey 1/48th shillings 1877
- Jersey 1/24th shillings 1877 - 1947
First Edition 2021
GB.½D.1956.L.34AV/2A (Freeman 474/4+C) was described as scarce but should be described as very rare.