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1 Farthing - George V

1 Farthing - George V -  obverse1 Farthing - George V -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
King George V (1910-1936)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1911-1925
Value 1/4 Penny = 1/48 Shilling (1/960)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Bronze
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 20 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-31-1960
References KM# 808,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# 4059,
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)
Sp# 4060
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Uncrowned portrait of King George V left, legend around.

Lettering:
GEORGIUS V DEI GRA:BRITT:OMN:REX FID:DEF:IND:IMP:
B.M.

Translation: George the Fifth by the Grace of God King of all the Britains Defender of the Faith Emperor of India

Engraver: Edgar Bertram MacKennal

Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, KCVO, usually known as Bertram Mackennal, was an Australian sculptor, most famous for designing the coinage and stamps bearing the likeness of King George V. Signature: "BM".

Reverse

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

Lettering:
FARTHING
1924

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 43.75 grains or one tenth ounce avoirdupois.

1911 obverse die varieties:

In common with most of the coins of 1911, the farthing comes in Hollow Neck and Flat Neck varieties. The Flat neck is ever so slightly scarcer.

Obverse 1A Above 'B.M.' the neck is hollow;
Obverse 1B Above 'B.M.' the neck is flat (slightly more scarce);



1914-15 obverse die varieties:

Part way through 1914, the obverse design was changed very slightly in order to combat ghosting and the two designs can be identified by close examination of the spacing of the T's in 'BRITT'. There is a very scarce type of 1915 farthing that displays the earlier Close TT obverse, almost certainly a mule.

Obverse 1B T's in 'BRITT' closer together;
Obverse 2 T's in 'BRITT' further apart;



Artificial darkening:

Due to the fact that on occasion uncirculated farthings had been passed off as half sovereigns, those struck between 1897 and 1917 were produced with an artificially darkened finish. The method adopted was to use acid fumes to darken the coins giving them a 'blackened' appearance, however on some coins this has resulted in shades down to light brown.

KM# 808.1; Sp#4059 (1911-18) - darker finish;
KM# 808.2; Sp#4060 (1918-25) - brighter finish;

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1911  5,196,800 0.60 0.60 1.24 3.06 14% KM# 808.1, Sp#4059 (dark finish); obv varieties (see comments)
1912  7,669,700 1.03 1.14 1.76 17% KM# 808.1, Sp#4059 (dark finish)
1913  4,134,300 0.12 1.07 1.74 13% KM# 808.1, Sp#4059 (dark finish)
1914  6,126,900 0.66 0.66 1.08 2.09 15% KM# 808.1, Sp#4059 (dark finish); obv varieties (see comments)
1915  7,129,200 0.61 0.64 1.08 15% KM# 808.1, Sp#4059 (dark finish)
1916  10,993,300 0.36 1.03 1.85 20% KM# 808.1, Sp#4059 (dark finish)
1917  21,434,800 0.31 0.73 0.73 1.09 31% KM# 808.1, Sp#4059 (dark finish)
1918  19,362,800 0.52 1.20 1.20 4.56 28% KM# 808.1, Sp#4059 (dark finish)
1918  0.67 5% KM# 808.2, Sp#4060 (bright finish)
1919  15,089,400 0.37 0.51 1.08 1.46 26% KM# 808.2, Sp#4060 (bright finish)
1920  11,480,500 0.61 0.75 0.96 1.27 23% KM# 808.2, Sp#4060 (bright finish)
1921  9,469,000 0.51 0.51 1.08 1.57 20% KM# 808.2, Sp#4060 (bright finish)
1922  9,956,900 0.45 1.03 1.90 19% KM# 808.2, Sp#4060 (bright finish)
1923  8,034,400 0.63 0.63 1.08 1.23 17% KM# 808.2, Sp#4060 (bright finish)
1924  8,733,400 0.45 0.45 0.84 1.29 16% KM# 808.2, Sp#4060 (bright finish)
1924  2 0.4% KM# 808.2, Sp#4060 (bright finish) Specimen
1925  12,634,600 1.08 1.08 1.83 23% KM# 808.2, Sp#4060 (bright finish)

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