American Colonial Coinage
St. Patrick Halfpenny Coinage
(Mark Newby Coinage)
Mark Newby who immigrated to America from Dublin, Ireland in 1681 brought with him a quantity of copper pieces believed to have been struck in Dublin, Ireland.
In 1682 the General Assembly of New Jersey made the coins legal tender. Newby as member of the West Jersey Legislature influenced this act.
Obverse: King David kneeling and playing a harp. The legend FLOREAT REX (“May the King Prosper”) is separated by a crown.
Reverse: St. Patrick with a crozier in his left hand and a trefoil in his right. He is surrounded by people. At his left side is a shield of Dublin. The legend WCCE GREX (“Behold the Flock”).
Diameter: 28 mm
Copper plated lead free fine pewter.
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