British North America
Die Varieties of
Cents and Half Cents
1861 to 1936
The second monograph in the Jack Griffin series is now available. Monograph 4 contains 114 pages (spiral bound) covering the reverse varieties of the cent and half cents of Newfoundland and British North America (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) for the period 1864-1936.
The introduction contains an outline of the steps in die construction and preparation for the three periods covered in Monograph 4: 1864-1890, 1891-1901 and 1902-1936. These periods, while they do not correspond with coinage issue dates, do correspond with advances in die making technologies used in the Royal Mint, London, England.
The concepts and classification of reverse dating varieties are also covered in the introduction.
The next 72 pages are set aside for Newfoundland reverse varieties, with the first pages comprising tables such as Dating Blocks, Royal Mint Die Usage, and Proposed Dies Used in the Production of Victoria Coinage. All information is very useful to the collector, assisting in their research of large cent varieties.
The bronze large cents of Canada and British North America are one of the most
challenging areas of Canadian numismatics, with hundreds of different varieties.
Two more monographs will be published over the next six to nine months. Monograph 1 will cover the Province of Canada large cents, 1855-1859, and Monograph 2 the Canadian large cents of Victoria 1876-1901.