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1 Farthing - Victoria 4th portrait

Features

Country 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
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 20 mm
Thickness 1.10 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-31-1960
References KM# 788,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# 3963/4
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Diademed and veiled portrait ('Old 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: 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 facing 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

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.

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
1895  1.11 2.53 12% (fr) KM#788.1
1896  3,668,600 2.44 2.54 9.30 20% (fr) KM#788.1
1896  0.8% Proof
1897  4,579,800 1.25 2.20 7.83 19% brighter finish
1897  5% darker finish
1898  4,010,000 1.27 3.27 7.39 22% (fr) KM#788.2
1899  3,864,600 1.21 2.53 7.42 21% (fr) KM#788.2
1900  5,969,300 1.13 2.53 10.31 33% (fr) KM#788.2
1901  8,016,400 1.35 2.91 4.47 44% (fr) KM#788.2

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