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For this coin there are eight die varieties consisting of eight obverse dies paire with a single reverse die.  Each has the H mint mark in a different location.  Also note the alignment and the various repunched letters of BRITANNIAR for each type.


1877 Half Penny
Obverse Reverse
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  • Obverse 1:
    • The star is oddly shaped. 
    • The second N in BRITANNIAR has been repunched.
  • Obverse 1S:
    • Same as type 1 but striations are visible.
  • Obverse 2:
    • The H mintmark is centered and is in a low position.  The second I in BRITANNIAR have been repunched.
  • Obverse 3:
    • The H mintmark is centered. 
    • The R in BRITANNIAR has been repunched.
  • Obverse 4:
    • The H mintmark is centered and is in a high position.
  • Obverse 5:
    • The star is missing a ray.
  • Obverse 6:
    • The H mintmark is very close to the D.
  • Obverse 7:
    • The H mintmark is low and is very close to D

  • Reverse A:
    • There is only one die.
For more close up images of this coin,
see under the microscope page.


Obverse Dies:  The Mint Mark
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H Close to D
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Low Centered H
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Centered H
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High Centered H
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Very High H close to D
Missing Ray in Star
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H close to D
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Low H close to D
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Obverse Dies:  The Mint Mark
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Funny Star
H Close to D
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    Low Centered H    

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Centered H
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Obverse Dies:  The Mint Mark
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High Centered H
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Missing Ray
Very High H close to D
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H close to D
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  Low H close to D  
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Obverse Dies:  BRITANNIAR
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Repunched N
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Repunched A and I
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Repunched R
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thru

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 No letters repunched 
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Reverse Dies:  The Date
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