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Saturday, December 25, 2010

England half penny

Half penny, 1971
Weight: 1.78gm
Metal: Bronze
Diameter: 17.14mm

Half penny, 1965

england half penny 1965Metal: Bronze
Diameter: 25.5mm
Ruler: Elizabeth II
Reverse: The Golden Hind

The Golden Hind was a galleon from England which was primarily known for its circumnavigation of the world under Sir Francis Drake between 1577 and 1580. It was known as the Pelican at first, but Drake renamed it mid voyage in 1978 as it entered the Magellan Straits to compliment his patron Christopher Hatton, who was the lord counselor and favorite of queen Elizabeth I of England. Chritopher Hatton had a golden hind(female deer) as his armorial crest.

After Drake's voyage, the ship was maintained at Deptford for public viewing, making it perhaps the first example of a historical ship being shown to public. The Golden Hinde remained there for 100 years until it eventually rotted away and was broken down.

Half penny, George V 1919
england half penny 1919 george vMetal: Bronze
Diameter: 25.5mm
Reverse: Britannia seated
Ruler: George V

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