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US Woods Hibernia Half Penny 1722 to 1724
Great coin, RJB.
The Red Book, a trusted US coin catalog, lists these coins at around $100 US dollars in worn condition, rising through $300 or $400 in average circulated condition, and blasting into the stratosphere at $1000 to $3000 in fully uncirculated condition.
These are catalog values. Be sure you understand what that means by looking at our Important Terminology page at the upper left.
Grading these coins is a challenge. While grading guides exist for standard US coins, the Hibernia half penny is hardly a 'standard' coin. In fact, these were struck in their native Ireland but were very unpopular there. Many, therefore, were sent over the colonies in America.
CoinQuest thanks eBay seller CoinsPlusInc for use of the half penny image. It is a gorgeous example in essentially uncirculated condition. The orange color and dark stains indicate a cleaning years ago, which lowers the overall value, but the amount of detail in the design gives us a reference point as to what a truly uncirculated coin looks like.
Numismatists (coin collectors) use an elaborate system of numbers and adjectives to establish the grade, or condition, of coins. Here at CoinQuest, we steer clear of the numismatic system because it is too technical for our purpose. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see some major variations in grade for this particular coin.
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