Arthur Wellesley-Duke of Wellington halfpenny

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Steven Michael Gardner, Jun 29, 2022.

  1. Steven Michael Gardner

    Steven Michael Gardner Well-Known Member

    Not sure if this is an ancient enough coin for posting on this forum, however I
    will start here and see where it goes...
    This is a British? or Canadian? halfpenny token that I came across with a bust of
    Arthur Wellesley- the Duke of Wellington: twice prime minister of Great Britain
    and well known as a commander in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 leading to the
    defeat of Napoleon..
    Anyway can someone tell me what significance the names & dates
    have on the reverse of this coin?? And which date indicates the minting year if there is one???
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Certainly not ancient, but a nice coin nonetheless.
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  4. mikebell

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  5. Pickin and Grinin

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  6. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    I would suggest starting here..

    American Journal of Numismatics (1897-1924)
    Vol. 48 (1914), pp. 137-146 (14 pages)

    free online here:

    The names and dates on the reverse memorialize military victories under Wellington's command in Spain..
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  7. Bardolph

    Bardolph Active Member

    The British portable finds data base ( show that two of these coins have been found by detectorists, both in separate locations in Lincolnshire (the county just across the River Humber from Hull).

    The FLO (British Museum Finds Liason Officer) identifies them as having been produced by J K Picard of Hull in 1813, so it seems to me quite likely that theywere made in England and shipped in large quantities to Canada.

    It is also of interest to note that the battle of Vimeiro on 21st August 1808 is spelled as VIMTERA. I haven't looked through the press of the day, but in the Army Lists some 30 years later,Lord Raglan (he of the Charge of the Light Brigade) is listed as having received the Peninsular Silver War Medal with five clasps including one for Vimiera, Vimtera and Vintera - all three variations are found
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  8. Steven Michael Gardner

    Steven Michael Gardner Well-Known Member

    Thank you, that was some intriguing information..!
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    Steven Michael Gardner Well-Known Member

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  10. Steven Michael Gardner

    Steven Michael Gardner Well-Known Member

    I kinda figured that those had something to do with specific battles, however I had never heard of any of them, thanks for that confirmation..!
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