1766 Pitt Halfpenny Token. Betts-519, W-8354. Brass. VF Details--Holed (NGC). Scarce metallic composition for this popular Colonial era type. Predominantly steel gray surfaces exhibit lighter rose-brown to the high points of Pitts portrait. More significantly, both sides retain much of the original silvering, in the fields as well as over the central design elements. The strike is well centered on the planchet, overall detail suitably bold for the assigned grade. A puncture through the upper obverse explains the NGC qualifier, accuracy also compelling us to mention a somewhat rough texture throughout, as well as wispy pin scratches at the top of Pitts head. This is a popular commemorative medal type that saw limited circulation in the American colonies. Copper impressions are obtainable enough, as our offerings in recent sales confirm, but in brass the Pitt halfpenny token is elusive and seldom encountered. Accompanied by a metallurgical analysis that confirms this pieces brass composition as 83.15% copper, 7.88% tin and 7.14% zinc, along with trace elements.