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2 Pence - Victoria 1st portrait; Colonial and Maundy issues

Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1838-1887
Value 2 Pence = 1/6 Shilling (1/120)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 0.94 g
Diameter 13 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 729,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# 3914E,
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)
Sp# 3919
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Young uncrowned portrait ('Young Head') of Queen Victoria left, legend around.

Lettering: VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F:D:

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

Engraver: William Wyon

William Wyon RA, was official chief engraver at the Royal Mint from 1828 until his death.

Reverse

Crowned denomination dividing date within oak wreath.

Lettering: 18 2 70

Engraver: Jean Baptiste Merlen

Comments

The standard weight of this coin was 1/33 troy ounce or 14.5 grains.

Two (or possibly three) dates of this coin, 1838, (1843 and) 1848, were struck for circulation in British Guiana and parts of the British West Indies (Krause reports three, Spink only two). In British Guiana, they were equivalent to 1/8 guilder.

Sp#3914E (1838, 1848) Colonial circulation issue;

Sp#3916 Maundy money sets listed with their KM# ref:

1838 MDS86&87 4,158 (partially Proof)              1863 MDS114 4,158
1839 MDS88&89 4,425 (partially Proof)              1864 MDS115 4,158
1840 MDS90 4,125                                                        1865 MDS116 4,158
1841 MDS91 2,574                                                        1866 MDS117 4,158
1842 MDS92 4,158                                                        1867 MDS118&119 4,158 (partially Proof)
1843 MDS93 4,158                                                        1868 MDS120 4,158
1844 MDS94 4,158                                                        1869 MDS121 4,158
1845 MDS95 4,158                                                        1870 MDS122 4,488
1846 MDS96 4,158                                                        1871 MDS123&124 4,488 (partially Proof)
1847 MDS97 4,158                                                        1872 MDS125 4,328
1848 MDS98 4,158                                                        1873 MDS126 4,162
1849 MDS99 4,158                                                        1874 MDS127 4,488
1850 MDS100 4,158                                                      1875 MDS128 4,154
1851 MDS101 4,158                                                      1876 MDS129 4,488
1852 MDS102 4,158                                                      1877 MDS130 4,488
1853 MDS103&104 4,158 (partially Proof)          1878 MDS131&132 4,488 (partially Proof)
1854 MDS105 4,158                                                      1879 MDS133 4,488
1855 MDS106 4,158                                                      1880 MDS134 4,488
1856 MDS107 4,158                                                      1881 MDS135&136 4,488 (partially Proof)
1857 MDS108 4,158                                                      1882 MDS137 4,488
1858 MDS109 4,158                                                      1883 MDS138 4,488
1859 MDS110 4,158                                                      1884 MDS139 4,488
1860 MDS111 4,158                                                      1885 MDS140 4,488
1861 MDS112 4,158                                                      1886 MDS141 4,488
1862 MDS113 4,158                                                      1887 MDS142 4,488

Sp#3919 (1838-87) Maundy prooflike issue;

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1838  2% Proof
1838  4,488 5% Prooflike
1838  1,045,000 10.91 57% Sp#14E; Colonial issue
1839  0.6% Proof
1839  4,488 0% Prooflike
1840  4,488 0% Prooflike
1841  3,960 1.1% Prooflike
1842  4,488 1.1% Prooflike
1843  903,000 1.1% Colonial issue
1843  4,752 0.6% Prooflike
1844  4,752 0.6% Prooflike
1845  4,752 0.6% Prooflike
1846  4,752 1.1% Prooflike
1847  4,752 0% Prooflike
1848  4,752 0.6% Prooflike
1848  261,000 8% Sp#14E; Colonial issue
1849  4,752 3% Prooflike
1850  4,752 0.6% Prooflike
1851  4,752 0.6% Prooflike
1852  4,752 1.1% Prooflike
1853  0% Proof
1853  4,752 1.7% Prooflike
1854  4,752 1.1% Prooflike
1855  4,752 0.6% Prooflike
1856  4,752 1.1% Prooflike
1857  4,752 0.6% Prooflike
1858  4,752 0.6% Prooflike
1859  4,752 1.1% Prooflike
1860  4,752 0.6% Prooflike
1861  4,752 0.6% Prooflike
1862  4,752 0% Prooflike
1863  4,752 0.6% Prooflike
1864  4,752 1.1% Prooflike
1865  4,752 2% Prooflike
1866  4,752 1.1% Prooflike
1867  0.6% Proof
1867  4,752 1.1% Prooflike
1868  4,752 1.7% Prooflike
1869  4,752 1.7% Prooflike
1870  5,347 0% Prooflike
1871  0% Proof
1871  4,753 0% Prooflike
1872  4,719 1.1% Prooflike
1873  4,756 1.1% Prooflike
1874  5,578 0.6% Prooflike
1875  5,745 1.1% Prooflike
1876  6,655 1.1% Prooflike
1877  7,189 1.1% Prooflike
1878  0.6% Proof
1878  6,709 1.7% Prooflike
1879  6,925 1.1% Prooflike
1880  6,247 0% Prooflike
1881  0% Proof
1881  6,001 1.7% Prooflike
1882  7,264 1.7% Prooflike
1883  7,232 4% Prooflike
1884  6,042 2% Prooflike
1885  5,958 0.6% Prooflike
1886  9,167 1.7% Prooflike
1887  8,296 2% Prooflike

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