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For the 1870 half penny there are six die varieties consisting of three obverse dies paired with one reverse die.


1870 Half Penny
Obverse Reverse
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  • Obverse 1:
    • The spacing between the eight and the seven in the date is 0.61 mm. 
    • The spacing between the seven and the zero in the date is 0.64 mm. 
    • The zero is in a higher position than the seven.
  • Obverse 1S:
    • Same as type 1, but with striations.
  • Obverse 2:
    • The spacing between the eight and the seven in the date is 0.81 mm.
    • The spacing between the seven and the zero in the date is 0.70 mm.
    • The digits have been slightly repunched.
    • The F. has been repunched.
  • Obverse 2S:
    • Same as type 2, but with striations.
  • Obverse 3:
    • The spacing between the eight and the seven in the date is 0.53 mm.
    • The spacing between the seven and the zero in the date is 0.57 mm.
    • The zero is alignment with the seven.
    • The eight has been slightly repunched.
  • Obverse 4:
    • The spacing between the eight and the seven in the date is 0.70 mm. 
    • The spacing between the seven and the zero in the date is 0.56 mm. 
    • The eight and the seven are in nice alignment.
  • Obverse 5:
    • The spacing between the eight and the seven in the date is 0.53 mm.
    • The spacing between the seven and the zero in the date is 0.57 mm.
    • The digits have been repunched with the zero being significantly repunched.
  • Reverse A:
    • The period after JERSEY has not been repunched.
  • Reverse B:
    • The period after JERSEY has been repunched.
For more close up images of this coin,
see under the microscope page.


The spacing is measured between the sixes.


Obverse Dies:  The Date
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  Nicely spaced digits 
High Zero
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  Wide gap between 8 and 7 
Repunched digits
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 Small gap between 8 and 7 
7 and 0 in alignment
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  Narrow date 
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  Repunched Digits 
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Obverse Dies:  VICTORIA
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Obverse Dies:  DG
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Obverse Dies:  BRITANNIAR
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Obverse Dies:  BRITANNIAR
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Obverse Dies:  REGINA
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Obverse Dies:  FD
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Reverse Dies:  JERSEY.
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