The U.S. Mint was established in 1792 during Washington’s presidency. In 1799, American coinage was still in its infancy and Americans used very little paper money and mostly foreign coins. British coins were still often used in the coin-poor U.S. until the early/mid – 1800s.
This authentic coin is a British copper and is the equivalent to the U.S. cent. A woman symbolic of “Britannia” is on the side dated 1799, George III is on the reverse.
The Halfpenny is presented in a brown leatherette folder with historic information on the impact of Washington’s death and America’s use of British coins in 1799.
This is an original coin, not a reproduction.