1 Farthing - Victoria 4th portrait

Features

Issuer United Kingdom
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1895-1901
Value 1/4 Penny = 1/48 Shilling (1/960)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Bronze (95% Cu, 4% Sn, 1% Zn)
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 20 mm
Thickness 1.1 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-31-1960
Number N# 6640
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References KM# 788,
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# 3963,
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.
Sp# 3964
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

Diademed and veiled portrait ('Old Head') of Queen Victoria left, legend around.

Lettering:
VICTORIA·DEI·GRA·BRITT·REGINA·FID·DEF IND·IMP·
T.B.

Translation: Victoria by the Grace of God Queen of the Britains Defender of the Faith Empress of India (Victoria Dei Gratia Britanniae Regina Fidei Defensatrix Indiae Imperatrix)

Engraver: Thomas Brock

Sir Thomas Brock KCB RA was an English sculptor, whose works include the monument to Queen Victoria in front of Buckingham Palace.

Reverse

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

Lettering:
F A R T H I N G
1895

Engraver: George William de Saulles

George William de Saulles was a British medallist. He authored and designed the obverse of coins from the United Kingdom and its colonies under Queen Victoria and Edward VII of the United Kingdom

Designer: 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.

Artificial darkening:

KM#788.1; Sp#3963 (1895-1897) Brighter finish
KM#788.2; Sp#3964 (1897-1901) Darker finish

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.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1895  2 852 850 1.32 2.49 5.28 13% KM#788.1; mintage incl. KM#753
1896  3 668 600 2.61 4.36 9.53 27 21% KM#788.1
1896  0.8% KM#788.1; Proof
1897  4 579 800 1.18 3.55 6.72 19% KM#788.1; brighter finish
1897  1.73 6.87 6% KM#788.2; darker finish
1898  4 010 000 1.61 4.73 5.91 22% KM#788.2
1899  3 864 600 1.32 3.95 5.91 22% KM#788.2
1900  5 969 300 1.00 1.32 3.55 5.91 33% KM#788.2
1901  8 016 400 1.32 1.32 3.10 5.00 7.09 44% KM#788.2

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