For the 1888 half penny there are six die varieties consisting of six obverse dies paired with two reverse dies.  Differences can be located by checking for repunched letters and comparing the alignment of the letters of BRITANNIAR.  For the reverse dies there are differences in the spacing in the date.


1888
Half Penny
Obverse
Reverse




The spacing is measured between the eights.








The letters V and R are repunched in Victoria for the obverse 6 type.


Obverse Dies:  BRITANNIAR

Well aligned BRITANNIAR;
Repunched first I;
Slightly rasied T

Misaligned BRITANNIAR;
T has a crooked top;
Die clash striations

Misaligned BRITANNIAR;
Slightly repunched first R

Well aligned BRITANNIAR;
Repunched first R

Misaligned BRITANNIAR;
Low T

Significantly repunched R;
Repunched V and R in Victoria


Obverse Dies:  BRITANNIAR

Well aligned BRITANNIAR.
Repunched first I;
Slightly rasied T

Misaligned BRITANNIAR;
T has a crooked top;
Die clash striations

Misaligned BRITANNIAR;
Slightly repunched first R


Obverse Dies:  BRITANNIAR

Well aligned BRITANNIAR;
Repunched first R

Misaligned BRITANNIAR;
Low T

Significantly repunched R;
Repunched V and R in Victoria


Reverse Dies:  The Date

Large Spacing

Narrow Spacing
Reverse Dies:
The Date

Wide 88

Narrow 88




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