Country: United Kingdom
Type: No Regal, Evasion coin
Years: 1770-1775 (1775)
Value: 1/2 Penny = 1/24 Shilling (1/480 LSD)
Weight: 9.7 g
Diameter: 28 mm
Orientation: Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 601, Sp# 3774
Laureate and cuirassed bust of King George III facing right, legend around.
Lettering: GEORGIVS· III· REX·
Translation: King George the Third
Seated figure of Britannia facing left, trident in left hand, olive branch in right, shield with Union flag resting on left, legend around, date in exergue.
Genuine halfpennies weigh around 9.2-10.8g and since they were struck without a collar, the diameter tended to vary between 28.5 and 30mm. Contemporary counterfeits are fairly common, especially 1775-dated pieces, and they are smaller in size and generally thinner.