||1723 1/2P Hibernia Halfpenny MS64+ Red and Brown NGC. M. 4.93-Gc.35, W-13120, R.4. Unlike the Rosa Americana tokens, which were intended for circulation in the American colonies, Hibernia (Ireland) farthings and halfpence were struck for use in Ireland. By late 1723, however, the Hibernia coinage had become unpopular, due in part to suspicions about the pieces being underweight, so some were eventually exported to the American colonies. Most extant pieces show varying signs of wear, and Mint State pieces retaining significant Red color are rarely seen. This is one of just six Red and Brown pieces at NGC (4/14), with well-balanced red and auburn patina over both sides. The devices are well-defined, with overall excellent visual appeal. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1,645.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.