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½ Penny - Victoria 2nd portrait

Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1874-1894
Value 1/2 Penny = 1/24 Shilling (1/480 LSD)
Composition Bronze
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 25.56 mm
Thickness 1.6 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 08-01-1969
References KM# 754, Sp# 3956, Sp# 3957
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Second wreathed 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 right, trident in left hand, shield bearing the Union flag in right, denomination around, date in exergue, sea behind with lighthouse on left and ship on right

Lettering:
HALF PENNY
1874
H

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 standard weight of these pieces was 80 to the pound avoirdupois (1/5 ounce or 87½ grains).

"H" mintmark struck at Ralph Heaton & Sons, Birmingham (Sp#3957), all other issues are Sp#3956.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1874  Four berries in wreath; large date
1874  Six berries in wreath, small date
1874  1,347,655 Six berries in wreath; large date
1874 H Proof
1874 H 5,017,600 3.37 Six berries in wreath; small date
1874 H Six berries in wreath; small date; heavy planchet
1875  5,430,815 2.47 6.45
1875 H 1,254,400
1875 H Proof
1876 H 6,809,600 large date
1876 H small date, heavy planchet
1876 H small date; Proof
1877  5,209,505 2.36 5.62
1877  Proof
1878  1,425,535 large date
1878  large date; Proof
1878  small date
1878  small date; Proof
1879  3,582,545
1880  2,423,465
1880  Proof
1881  2,007,515
1881  Shield heraldically colored, broach on bust; Proof
1881  Shield heraldically colored; Proof
1881 H 1,792,000
1882 H 4,480,000
1882 H Proof; different dies
1883  Brooch on front of dress
1883  3,000,725 Rose on front of dress
1883  Rose on front of dress; Proof
1884  6,989,580 3.24
1884  Proof
1885  8,600,574 3.56 3.93
1885  Proof
1886  8,586,156 2.49 5.28
1886  Proof
1887  10,701,305 0.51 2.84 5.62
1888  6,814,070 1.91 2.52
1889  7,748,234 5.91 5.61 overdate variety exists
1889  overdate variety exists; Proof
1890  11,254,235 2.98
1890  Proof
1891  13,192,260 1.12 2.81 5.62
1891  Proof
1892  2,478,335
1892  Proof
1893  7,229,344 0.74 3.92 5.62
1894  1,767,635

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