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Chapter 52 - Ha'penny - Halfpenny

The bus ride from home to watch West Ham cost 1 penny or nothing if I jumped off quickly.

It’s interesting that small change through the years have been referred to as a copper, or a couple of coppers, but in 1860 and beyond, halfpennies were made of bronze and not copper. Every coin has its day and in 1961 halfpennies were cast onto the financial scrapheap which, strangely, made them worth far more in value than they ever were when in circulation. Not all mind, so don’t build your hopes up, although those redesigned for King Henry 1 in 1110 are extremely rare as they were a dummy run and never went into national circulation. Find one of those in an old tunic and you’ll be house hunting in The Caribbean.

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