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I've always enjoyed coins with strange denominations, and like to ponder the reason why a coin in that amount came to be.

We had a long thread over at the other form, and I was hoping we could continue a version of it here.  A few examples to start off:

New purchase:  Luxembourg, 2½ Centimes, 19012121129796_Luxembourg212Centimes1901.jpg.80a66c9a0e94ca131021fecc3de442db.jpg

Jersey, 1844, 1/26 Shilling.  (Jersey had 13 pence to the shilling as a side effect of decimalization during the French Revolution making old denominations unavailable.)1835915163_126ShillingJersey1844.jpeg.9f79fc9061d1a421139b9ca36ad491e8.jpeg

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Bremen, 2½ Schwaren, 1820354625736_Bremen212Schwaren1820.jpg.8d6471d9f7f0a15910d55f0814099f18.jpg

Ceylon, 1½ Pence, 1839380719700_1.5penceCeylon1839.jpeg.6624fb3fe2e429bef44f78a1e2f8a549.jpeg

If you have any coins with strange or interesting fractions, please post some!

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The Cypriot Pound replaced the Turkish Piastre at a rate of 1:180. It was divided into 20 shillings, with a shilling divided into 9 piastres.

So if you wanted half a shilling, you needed four and a half piastres. 

George VI Cyprus Four and a Half Piastres, 1938

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Tower. Silver, 19mm, 2.82g. Crowned head left; GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA: REX ET IND: IMP. Two stylized rampant lions left, denomination and date 3/4 surround. Reeded edge (KM 24).

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A tenth of a penny doesn't seem that odd, if very small. But the British West African Pound wasn't a decimal currency. It was divided into 20 shillings, and the shillings into 12 pence, so dividing the pence into tenths is awkward. Other countries got half (1/8 penny) and third (1/12 penny) farthings. I don't know how confusing that made calculations!

George VI British West Africa Tenth of a Penny, 1952

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Tower. Bronze, 20mm, 1.92g. GEORGIVS SEXTVS REX, ONE TENTH OF A PENNY around central hole. Hexagram divides date at bottom; BRITISH WEST AFRICA (KM 26a).

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Here, the unusual, fractional value of 3 mace and 6 candareens corresponds to a value of 50cent.

 

China

Emperorr: Pu Yi
Provinz: Yunnan
Av: Xuan Tong Yuan Bao 宣統元寶
Rv: Dragon
Value: 3 mace and 6 candareens = 50 cent
Year: 1909-11
AR, 33mm, 13.2g
Ref.: Y259

 

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This was worth 2 shillings and 4 1⁄2 pence.

In 1797, a failed French invasion in Wales caused panic. Gold and silver coins were hoarded and the Royal Mint couldn't produce enough replacements. The Gold Standard was suspended and the Bank of England issued foreign silver coins, usually Spanish Colonial, with a bust of George III within an oval (1797) or octagonal (1804) frame (“the head of a fool on the neck of an ass”). Countermarked 8 reales circulated at 4 shillings 9 pence in 1797 and 5 shillings in 1804. In 1804, the countermark was replaced by a 5 shilling overstrike by Matthew Boulton. Coins outside these years, and non-Spanish coins, were later countermarked for collectors. Some coins were countermarked by forgers or by local assay offices, who had the same punch for stamping silver and collecting taxes.

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Madrid (countermark London). Silver, 32mm, 13.01g. Charles IIII four reales, 1791MF, with 1797 George III oval countermark; countermark with TOL in script, A, M, incuse and C W raised in rectangular indent (S 3767).

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Issued to provide change for farthing and halfpenny purchases. Farthings and halfpennies were not struck because the mint would only use silver and they would’ve been too small.

Elizabeth I Third Issue Three Farthings, 1575image.png.3b7eab2f634badc5d25ebdc393be13da.pngTower. Silver, 13mm, 0.39g. Small crowned bust left, rose behind, inner and outer beaded circle surrounding, initial mark eglantine both sides; E : D : G : ROSA : SINE : SPINA : . Long cross fourchée over quartered shield of arms, date above, CIVI TAS LON DON (S 2571).

Elizabeth I Third Issue Threehalfpenny, 1561image.png.6dcb4787c265741b3b1dfadb972c3df6.pngTower. Silver, 16mm, 0.71g, medium flan. Crowned bust (3G) of Elizabeth I left, large rose behind head; E · D · G · ROSA · SINE · SPINA; mintmark pheon both sides. Long cross fourchée over small quartered shield of arms below divided date within inner circle; CIVI TAS LON DON (S 2569).

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١/٤ or 1/4 Riyal from Saudi Arabia, ١٣٧٤ 1374 Hijri or 1954. The fraction, in Arabic numerals, appears on obverse bottom center. The date appears at bottom center of the obverse's inner circle.

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Japan 1885 (明治十八年) 1/2 Sen - fraction on obverse and the "半銭" on the reverse means "half sen"
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Do early US Half Cents count since they have the 1/200 on the reverse?
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Portuguese India 1901 1/8 Tanga
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It doesn't really fit the topic, but here's my other recent Portuguese India purchase:
Portuguese India 1959 60 Centavos
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The monetary system at the time had a strange series of denominations:
10-30-60 centavos and 1-3-6 escudos.
I hadn't realized that Portugal retained its Indian colonies until 1961, well after India's 1948 independence from the UK.  They were taken from Portugal by force. 
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Yemen has many unusual fractional denominations.  Here is a 1/40th Riyal:

 

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1378=1959. 26mm
Obv: Crescent below (blundered) Accession date 1367; God, Victory 1367 Ahmad al-Hamid al-Din King of the believers Nasir al-Din, God Lord of the Worlds
Rev: Kalima within circle, lettering surrounds; Struck in Sana'a There's no god but God Year 1379/7 One Fortieth
(Purchased from Frank Robinson, 2014)

 

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I have an 1844 half-farthing and an 1881 third-farthing originally minted for circulation in Ceylon and Malta, respectively, but it seems I've never photographed them.  So instead, here's my 16 mm. Edward VII 1902 "coronation model half farthing," manufactured by Lauer, which I've seen variously described as a token and as "toy money": 

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Great Britain. 1 ½ Pence, 1839. S.3915; KM-728. Victoria. Attractively to...

This is one I acquired this month and yet to receive. I bought it out of fascination. These were struck for circulation in Jamaica and Ceylon. I guess that low incomes and inexpensive items to buy encouraged fractional issues.

Great Britain. 1 ½ Pence, 1839. S.3915; KM-728. Victoria. Attractively toned. NGC graded AU-58

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Bronze 1907 1/12 Anna KM#498...(Thin Planchet) Mintage-20,985,600
Bronze 1907 1/2 Pice KM#500...(Thin Planchet) Mintage-8,060,231
Bronze 1907 1/4 Anna KM#502...(Thin Planchet) Mintage-234,681,600

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