¼ Farthing - Victoria Colonial issues


Issuer United Kingdom
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1839-1853
Value 1/4 Farthing = 1/192 Shilling (1/3840)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Copper
Weight 1.18 g
Diameter 13.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-31-1869
Number N# 19766
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 737,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Sp# 3953
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.


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


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

Engraver: William Wyon

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


Denomination across two horizontal lines with crown above and date below, national flower emblems in exergue.


Engraver: William Wyon

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




The standard weight for these pieces was 384 to the pound avoirdupois (1/24 ounce or 18.2 grains).

Struck for use in Ceylon, quarter-farthings were never legal tender in the United Kingdom.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1839  3 840 000 44%
1839  1.4% Proof
1851  2 215 680 19% mintage includes 1851-3
1851  0% Proof
1852  34% mintage includes 1851-3
1853  32% mintage includes 1851-3
1853  3% Proof

Frequencies show the percentage of Numista users who own each year or variety among all the users who own this coin. Since some users own several versions, the sum may be greater than 100%.

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