||1760 1/2P Hibernia-Voce Populi Halfpenny, VOOE POPULI VF30 NGC. N. 3, Z. 7-E, W-13930, R.3. The meaning of the Latin inscription VOCE POPULI (Voice of the People) has long been debated, though one theory suggests the phrase was meant to purport the coins were struck because the populace needed them. Nelson 3 is a popular Guide Book variety, with what resembles a die cutting error causing VOCE to instead resemble VOOE. Bowers suggests this is actually a late die state die crack, and not a C over O error as suggested by some. Only one variety is known. This piece exhibits remarkably smooth surfaces, with rich light brown patina. Moderate detail remains, with the obverse particularly bold. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $1.50; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $998.75. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.