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1 Farthing - Victoria 2nd portrait; 1st type

Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1860-1873
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# 747,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# 3958
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.

Lettering:
F A R T H I N G
1861

Edge

Plain

Comments

The original weight of these pieces was 43.75 grains or one tenth ounce avoirdupois.

Border varieties:

KM#747.1 (1860 only) Beaded border;
KM#747.2 (1860-73) Toothed border;

A scarce 1860-dated mule exists with a toothed border on the obverse and a beaded border on the reverse.

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

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1860  2,867,200 1.20 2.35 4.50 25% KM#747.1
1860  0.8% KM#747.1; Proof
1860  1.17 2.22 4.39 12% KM#747.2
1860  1.9% KM#747.2 (TB/BB mule)
1861  8,601,600 1.81 6.45 25% KM#747.2
1861  0.8% KM#747.2; Proof
1862  1.4% KM#747.2 (large 8)
1862  14,336,000 5.89 19% KM#747.2 (small 8)
1862  1.1% KM#747.2; Proof
1863  1,433,600 4% KM#747.2
1864  2,508,800 3.74 5.92 5.92 13% KM#747.2
1865  4,659,200 3.12 3.12 50.47 19% KM#747.2; overdate varieties exist
1866  3,584,000 1.18 2.52 4.44 24.39 24% KM#747.2
1866  1.1% KM#747.2; Proof
1867  5,017,600 2.48 12% KM#747.2
1867  0.6% KM#747.2; Proof
1868  4,851,200 5.94 11.26 12% KM#747.2
1868  0.4% KM#747.2; Proof
1869  3,225,600 5.55 8% KM#747.2
1872  2,150,400 8% KM#747.2
1873  3,225,600 5.55 23.07 14% KM#747.2

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