1 Farthing - Victoria 2nd portrait; 1st type

Features

Issuer 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
Number N# 5500
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 747,
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# 3958
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.

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.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1860  2 867 200 1.29 1.69 2.76 4.16 9.20 26% KM#747.1; Beaded border
1860  0.7% KM#747.1; Proof
1860  1.7% KM#747.2; Tb/Bb mule
1860  1.23 2.72 5.00 12% KM#747.2; Toothed border
1861  8 601 600 2.63 6.81 6.26 26% KM#747.2
1861  0.7% KM#747.2; Proof
1862  1.4% KM#747.2; Large 8
1862  0.9% KM#747.2; Proof
1862  14 336 000 1.20 6.21 6.52 19% KM#747.2; Small 8
1863  1 433 600 4% KM#747.2
1864  2 508 800 3.92 5.86 6.33 13% KM#747.2
1865  4 659 200 2.93 5.11 5.21 19% KM#747.2; overdate varieties exist
1866  3 584 000 0.94 2.04 3.22 23 24% KM#747.2
1866  1.0% KM#747.2; Proof
1867  5 017 600 0.76 5.86 16 12% KM#747.2
1867  0.5% KM#747.2; Proof
1868  4 851 200 3.19 5.32 5.41 12% KM#747.2
1868  0.4% KM#747.2; Proof
1869  3 225 600 3.82 5.86 8% KM#747.2
1872  2 150 400 1.92 69 9% KM#747.2
1873  3 225 600 1.58 1.98 5.86 3.04 15% KM#747.2

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