Coins of the World (29 September 2010)

Date of Auction: 29th September 2010


Estimate: £3,000 - £3,500

Washington Pieces, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Washington Halfpenny, 1791, muled with the rev. of a Liverpool Halfpenny, edge payable in anglesey london or liverpool, 8.80g/6h (Baker 17; Durst 332; DH Lancashire 116). Cut on shoulder and other surface marks, otherwise good fine, extremely rare £3,000-3,500


Although inferior to the Quarmby specimen (DNW 58, 25 June 2003, lot 1141, £4,000), this previously unknown piece, from an old English collection, is markedly superior to the Garrett specimen (Bowers & Ruddy, 25 March 1981, lot 1708, sold for US $2,600). Only about 20 specimens are known, several of which are in institutions