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Picked Up A 1854 Bank Of Upper Canada Halfpenny

 
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 Posted 02/25/2021  9:07 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Arkie to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
at the LCS for $3 US. How did I do?



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 Posted 02/25/2021  10:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fairly easy halfpenny to find but not at that price. You did OK. Shipping costs?
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 Posted 02/26/2021  08:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Arkie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No shipping. LCS=Local Coin Shop.

I noticed where Coins and Canada list several die breaks, but this coin appears to have one at 12 on the cornucopia side; I didn't see that one referenced.
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 Posted 02/26/2021  3:40 pm  Show Profile   Check 1960NYGiants's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 1960NYGiants to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are 48 known die pairs for the 1854 1/2d token. The pictures make it hard to see the die markers but from your description it sounds like you may have Co #121 which is R1 or very common or possibly Co #129 which is R9 or extremely rare.

Please post large clear photos of the man's foot and the date with denticles from the obverse, also, close up shots of the die crack and the letter T and the Union Jack with the letters KE from the reverse.
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 Posted 02/27/2021  10:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Arkie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sadly, I only have a scanner and this is the greatest magnification it offers.
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 Posted 02/28/2021  8:29 pm  Show Profile   Check Wade's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Wade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
in a US LCS I think $3 is about right (you might've saved $2 off "full price")

it's a $10 coin on ebay, but after considering seller's fees and and buyer's shipping costs the value still sits around $3-5

that said, I have a biased towards dragon slayers, so NICE pick up!
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 Posted 03/22/2021  11:21 pm  Show Profile   Check ainsivalavie's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ainsivalavie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is not easy given the resolution of the image, but I am almost certain that this is the variety Courteau #129, which Courteau gives a rarity index of 7 out of 10 (Very rare).

However, according to my research to date, this variety seems much more common, since I found it in about 3.2% of all the 1/2 Penny 1854 tokens examined. Which according to my scale would give it a rarity index of only 3 out of 10 (Moderately common).

For its value, just a few bucks...

Description of this variety from my book on the subject:
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03/22/2021 11:25 pm
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 Posted 03/29/2021  6:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Arkie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you so much for that identification. That looks dead on!
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