Category: Virginia Halfpenny (1773)

Although the April 10, 1609 charter for the Virginia Plantation included the authority to mint coins the colony did not choose to exercise this privilege until May 20, 1773, when the Virginia Assembly authorized the coining of a halfpenny at the Tower mint in London. The coin, engraved by Richard Yeo, was made of copper at a weight of sixty halfpence to the pound. Five tons of halfpence (about 670,000 pieces) arrived in New York aboard the ship “Virginia” on February 14, 1774 but were not distributed until written royal permission was obtained about a year later.
~University of Notre Dame

1773 Virginia Halfpenny
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