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The ‘Kentucky’ Halfpenny

CNG 91, Lot: 1443. Estimate $300.
Sold for $650. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

UNITED STATES, Colonial & Related. Non-Local Imports. CU Halfpenny Token (29mm, 12.07 g, 6h). ‘Kentucky’ or ‘Starry Pyramid’ type. Heavy London standard. Westwood’s (Birmingham) mint. Struck circa 1793-1796. UNANIMITY IS THE STRENGTH OF SOCIETY, hand extending scroll inscribed OUR/CAUSE/IS/JUST in four lines (adapted from Washington’s Proclamation of Neutrality) / E PLURIBUS UNUM, pyramid consisting of fifteen blazing stars, bearing the initials of the first fifteen states of the union; annulets around; all set on sun rays; rosette below. Edge: PAYABLE IN LANCASTER LONDON OR BRISTOL. Breen 1156; Whitman W-8810; D&H 59 (Lancashire). Good VF, brown surfaces.