Have you seen our shiny new ponies? Our Copper Decorators Halfpenny and Farthing take inspiration from their penny themed names, with their coppery red coats that glimmer and shine in different lights. Not only is this an unusual colourway, it's a colour that really brings out the characteristic and features of each mould. It enables all those little details to be seen that sometimes can be hidden under a horsey colour!
The idea for Halfpenny and Farthing goes totally to our wonderful Copperfox Ambassadors; they designed them originally and fueled their creation. I remember during one particular visit to the factory we were all tweaking the design, sending images and comments back and forth over the internet to get to the models we have now!
Halfpenny and Farthing are a micro run, limited to just 50 pieces of each one and are exclusive to Copperfox Ambassadors. Like all Copperfox Models, they each come with their hand signed Certificate of Authenticity, Selected CFAs already have them in stock ready to ship, so get in touch with them (details below) to find out how you can get one (or both!).
Usually, Copperfox models have to be purchased in person with CF Ambassadors but for Half Penny and Farthing they can be shipped to their new owners. A very small number will also be available at UK Copperfox Tour Events.
All about the Pennies (and ponies!):
The Halfpenny coin, which is pronounced hay-pen-nee, was first introduced in 1627 and spent just under 300 years in circulation, until 1967. The earliest halfpennys were minted in copper and then in bronze. Each coin featured (as the tradition), the monarch on one side and either Britannia (pre-1936) or the Golden Hind (from 1937) on the reverse. Britannia is a Roman Goddess who became the female personification of Britain and is seen as a symbol of British unity, liberty and strength. She was on most of our coins up until 2008 when the new 50 pence piece was introduced, meaning it was the first time in 336 years that Britannia was not on a new coin. If you want to know more about Britannia, the Royal Mint has a very interesting article here.
Before Decimalisation in 1971, there were 240 pence in one pound sterling. 12 pence made a shilling and 20 shillings made a pound, so you would need a pocketful of halfpennys to make one pound!!
CF625W: Semi-Gloss Copper Decorator featuring grey hooves and copper highlights.
The Farthing coin was first introduced in 1860 and spent 100 years in circulation, until 1960. Like all British coins (and the halfpenny), the monarch was on one side and either Britannia (pre-1936) or a Wren (from 1937) on the reverse. The earliest Farthings were minted in copper and then in bronze, with the coin becoming polished over time to various reddy copper tones.
Before Decimalisation in 1971, there were 240 pence in one pound sterling. There were four farthings in a penny, 12 pence made a shilling and 20 shillings made a pound.
CF625H: Semi-Gloss Copper Decorator featuring grey hooves and copper highlights.