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1 Farthing - Victoria 2nd portrait; 2nd type

1 Farthing - Victoria (2nd portrait; 2nd type) -  obverse 1 Farthing - Victoria (2nd portrait; 2nd type) -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1874-1895
Value 1/4 Penny = 1/48 Shilling (1/960 LSD)
Composition Bronze
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 20 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-31-1960
References KM# 753, Sp# 3958/9
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Second laureate portrait ('Bun Head') of Queen Victoria facing left, legend around.

Lettering: VICTORIA D:G: BRITT:REG:F:D:

Translation: Victoria by the Grace of God Queen of the Britains Defender of the Faith

Engraver: Leonard Charles Wyon

Leonard Charles Wyon was a British engraver of the Victorian era most notable for his work on the gold and silver coinage struck for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 and the bronze coinage of 1860 with the second head portrait, in use from 1860 to 1894.

Reverse

Seated figure of Britannia facing right, trident in left hand, shield with Union flag in right hand, denomination above, date in exergue, sea behind with lighthouse on left and ship on right.

Note: mintmark (if present) below date

Lettering:
F A R T H I N G
1894

Engraver: Leonard Charles Wyon

Leonard Charles Wyon was a British engraver of the Victorian era most notable for his work on the gold and silver coinage struck for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 and the bronze coinage of 1860 with the second head portrait, in use from 1860 to 1894.

Edge

Plain

Comments

The original weight of these pieces was 160 to the pound avoirdupois (1/10 ounce or 43.75 grains).

Mintmark variety:

Sp#3958 no mintmark below date - struck at the Royal Mint, Tower Hill, London.
Sp#3959 'H' mintmark below date - struck at Ralph Heaton & Sons, Birmingham.

All Royal Mint coins 1875-78 have a 'R' with a forked tail; the Heaton issues do not. Consequently, an 1875 with a forked 'R' might well be an 1875H with the 'H' removed to increase its value.

For more detailed information on Victorian farthing varieties, please visit Aboutfarthings.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1874 H 3,584,000 G's over sideways
1874 H 7.66 older features
1874 H Proof
1875  712,700 large date, five berries
1875  small date, five berries
1875  small date, four berries
1875 H 6,092,800 3.81 2.51 4.95
1875 H Proof
1876 H 1,175,200
1877  Proof only
1878  4,008,500 5.22
1879  3,977,100 2.94 8.55
1879  large '9'
1880  1,842,700 Four berries in wreath
1880  Three berries in wreath
1881  3,494,600 Four berries in wreath
1881  Shield heraldically colored; Proof
1881  8.99 Three berries in wreath
1881 H 1,792,000 6.33 3.02
1882 H 1,790,000 5.65
1882 H Proof
1883  1,128,600 7.87
1883  Proof
1884  5,782,000 5.10 9.14
1884  Proof
1885  5,442,300 4.29 6.33
1885  Proof
1886  7,767,700 2.35 3.93 18.27
1886  Proof
1887  1,340,800 6.18 34.73
1888  1,887,200 5.81
1890  2,133,000 6.18
1890  Proof
1891  4,959,600 2.02 5.00 4.47
1891  Proof
1892  887,200 15.66
1892  Proof
1893  3,904,300 3.37 19.58
1894  2,396,700 5.98
1895  2,852,800

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