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In the year 1797, just a decade after the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales, Britain produced a monster of a coin.

It was the first - and the only - time in history that the copper twopence was ever struck.

  • Both legal tender in Australia

  • Great historical significance

  • Rare legal tender of the 18th & 19th centuries

  • Deluxe presentation case

 

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About this set

In the year 1797, just a decade after the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales, Britain produced a monster of a coin. It was the first - and the only - time in history that the copper twopence was ever struck. At that time in Britain it was customary that a coin contained its face value worth of metal and so this twopence coin was minted from two ounces (57gm!) of copper. This coin was 41mm in diameter and around 4mm thick! It was quickly dubbed the ‘cartwheel’ because it could do serious damage to your toes! The other coin in this pair, half farthing, is the precise opposite. But Britain’s smallest legal tender copper coin was as much a sign of the power of Britain as the largest one. The reason Queen Victoria needed a coin of such a small value in her coinage is because it was required in some of the poorer colonies. The 1842 half farthing meant it could be used for the payment of debts in the same way a sovereign could be!

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