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Farthing Friday: 1766 William Pitt Farthing NGC AU53 Betts-520, W-8345

 
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1766 Pitt Farthing AU53 NGC. Betts-520, W-8345, R.7. The Pitt halfpenny (Betts-519) shows up regularly at auction, but its farthing counterpart is very rare. Recorded as the ninth finest in Christopher McDowell's Condition Census that appears on the Newman Numismatic Portal. McDowell writes: "An argument can be made that it should be placed as high as six or seven on this census." The lightly circulated farthing is remarkably free from contact. Pitt's hair displays moderate wear. The open fields and high points have a brassy gold color, while design recesses are lavender-brown. William Pitt the Elder accomplished the repeal of the Stamp Act in March 1766, which restored commerce across the Atlantic Ocean between England and America. Pitt ascended to the post of Prime Minister in July 1766. Other Pitt medals are listed in Betts, entries 514 through 522, and 524. NGC has certified just seven examples in all grades, with the present piece as the single finest. PCGS shows one finer as AU55 (10/20). Listed on page 52 of the 2021 Guide Book.



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That's just ridiculously cool!
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Amazing coin indeed. Many thanks for the sharing.
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The Pitt Farthing is also in a way associated with the Revolutionary War, For this reason I consider this coin, (or medalet as some call it), to be a significant historic numismatic item.
This example in my collection is number 14 or 15 in Christopher McDowells Census.


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Leave it to Germanicvs to have an example! Super to see one, (and a top one at that). I'm just starting the trip down into the US Colonial coinage history, which of course includes many other countries, Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean (Spanish/Dutch), etc. So much to learn and study.
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Leave it to Germanicvs to have an example! Super to see one, (and a top one at that). I'm just starting the trip down into the US Colonial coinage history, which of course includes many other countries, Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean (Spanish/Dutch), etc. So much to learn and study.


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 Posted 03/22/2021  05:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Fdd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice! I have a few farthings not as old as yours and in very good condition at least I think so. Can you tell me what they are worth 1921,1933,1936, 1941? Also being you collect world coins can you give any input on the pingin or half penny? Thanks you and sorry for the stupid questions but I'm a newbie
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An interesting piece of Americana, thanks for the write-up.

Actually, there were four generations of Pitt.
Pitt The Elder, Pitt the Younger, Pitt the Baby, and Pitt the Glint in the Milkman's Eye.

On a more serious note, there numerous place names around Australia that honor the Pitts.
eg Pittwater, a very scenic area to the north of Sydney (named after Lord Sydney), Google Maps refers.
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