Halfpennies and Farthings

Halfpennies and Farthings

Until the halfpenny and farthing were introduced, cut-coinage was used — pennies that were sliced in halves or quarters.
King Edward I’s introduction of the halfpenny is said to have increased trade and were produced in the London mint located within the Tower of London. The monarchs successors all continued to produce the Halfpenny in varying weights of silver.
During 100 years of the Farthing’s circulation, it featured two designs on its reverse including the image of Britannia and a wren. However, its obverse bore the portraits of six monarchs during each of their reigns.