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The Half Penny Watch with Genuine Leather Strap

Category Jewellery & Watches
Published 1 April 2018

The Half Penny Watch with Genuine Leather Strap

Every month we highlight, in depth, a new watch at Ideal World to let you see through collectors' eyes what the special features and unique properties each watch has. This month's watch features a real half penny coin.

The Half Penny

A unique watch that comes with an piece of history encapsulated within the face - a real half penny - the coins used on these watches date from 1947 until 1967, excluding a number of years when very few were minted. Those minted before 1953 were made during the reign of King George VI and those minted between 1953 and 1967 fall into the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

This limited edition watch, perfect to add to any collection, features a quartz movement, Roman numeral indicators, stainless steel case and genuine leather strap.

The history of the half penny dates back to the reign of Henry 1st in the 12th century, although these are thought to have been proofs that escaped into wider use. The half penny did not officially enter circulation until the following century under Edward 1st, at this time they were minted in silver and were half the weight of a silver penny.

The first copper half pennies were minted during the reign of Charles II, who reigned from 1660 to 1685, and the copper gave way to bronze around 1860. Following this, the half penny continued to be minted on a more or less regular basis until decimalization in 1971.

Each watch contains a polished half penny, dated between 1947 and 1967, and when we think back to the time in which these coins were used as legal tender in this country a series of huge historical events come to mind, including:

1947 India gains independence from the British Empire. Henry Ford founder of the Ford Motor Company dies
1952 King George VI dies. Dwight Eisenhower elected President of the USA
1953 HRH Queen Elizabeth II is crowned at her coronation on June 2nd. Hillary and Tenzing reach the summit of Mt. Everest
1957 The Russian Sputnik blasts into space for the first time. Stirling Moss wins the British Grand Prix
1959 The first Mini car is produced by car manufacturer Morris, to a design by Alec Issigonis
1962 Sean Connery becomes first James Bond and The Beatles hit the British Hit Parade for the first time with "Love Me Do"
1965 Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s wartime leader dies and is laid to rest
1966 England’s football team wins the World Cup by defeating West Germany 4-2 after extra time