Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1861 1/2 penny

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Hello Dmitry,
 Some time back I received this coin, amongst others, in an auction lot which I merely glanced at and placed aside given its condition.  The other day I found it and looking it over I noticed the date was 1861, yet in-between the 6 and 1 there appears to be an 8, and after the 1 there is an 8 as well, which is a little smaller and harder to see.  I am pretty positive it is an 1861 Great Britain 1/2 penny, I have used different camera filters with an ultraviolet light to discern the majority of the features. Is this considered the 1861/81 1/2 penny?  Thank you.
         Wm

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Hi,
The overdate on both the 1/2 penny and penny coins of this year is rather subtle, with traces of an 8 beneath the 6. What you describe on this coin doesn't sound like that. Also, due to the condition I'm afraid it would not be possible to see the overdate if it was one. I believe the extra numerals that you describe are likely a visual artifact of the heavily pock-marked surface.

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Dmitry Livshits

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My specialty is world coins from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily non-US foreign coins and related areas such as errors and exonumia (tokens, medals, etc.). I can answer questions relating to identification, grading, selling, preservation and evaluation of such items. In addition to catalog value, I can give you the practical market value and trends for specific types of coins. I will also take questions regarding counterfeits (both modern and antique) and on how to identify them. I am NOT knowledgeable in paper money/banknotes, ancient or "shipwreck" coins. Thank you.

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Collector of world coins since early childhood. Access to a variety of auction records and reference material. You can also find me on Facebook.

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A.S. in Psychology (2006), B.A. in Forensic Psychology (2008), M.A. in Forensic Psychology (2011).

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