||1724 1/2P Hibernia Halfpenny AU53 NGC. M. 4.51-K.4, W-13690, R.2. Jonathan Swift, among others, asserted that William Wood's Hibernia coppers were produced without Irish consent, and were notably underweight, causing Wood to relinquish his coinage patent to King George I in 1725. The last of the Hibernia halfpence bear the date, 1724, and are significantly scarcer in all grades than the typically encountered 1723 issue. This well-struck piece represents the 11 harp strings, two reverse dots variant, for which Martin lists six sub-varieties. The surfaces display a smooth auburn patina, with intermingled orange-brown accents. Only slight wear is present on the high points of the design, with overall outstanding visual appeal. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized NOT SOLD. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.