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1860 Toothed/Beaded Border Mule Halfpenny

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The introduction of the new bronze halfpenny in Great Britain in 1860 saw many different obverse and reverse die iterations produced and used in an attempt to get a satisfactory die life. One of the major design changes was to replace the beads around the rim of the obverse and reverse with denticles/teeth that ran into the rim. Clearly there was not a distinct transition however as there is one known 1860-dated halfpenny that was struck with Freeman obverse 2 (denticles/teeth) and Freeman reverse A (beads) which is classified as Freeman 260C. The coin in question shows a die crack through the top bar of the T in VICTORIA that runs parallel to the vertical stroke.

The single known toothed/beaded border mule was a part of the Laurie Bamford Collection and was also sold by Dix Noonan Webb as lot 208 in its February 12th 2020 auction. There has only been a single known example for many years but the existence of another example cannot be discounted.