1 Farthing - William IV

Features

Location United Kingdom
Issuing entity The Royal Mint
King William IV (1830-1837)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1831-1837
Value 1 Farthing = ¼ Penny = 1⁄48 Shilling = 1⁄960 Pound
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Copper
Weight 4.72 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 31 December 1869
Number N# 8484
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 705,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Sp# 3848
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Standard Catalogue of British Coins : Coins of England & the United Kingdom Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Uncrowned portrait of King William IV facing right, legend around, date below.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
GULIELMUS IIII DEI GRATIA
1831

Translation: William the Fourth by the Grace of God

Engraver: William Wyon Read more on Wikipedia

William Wyon RA, was official chief engraver at the Royal Mint from 1828 until his death.

Reverse

Seated figure of Britannia facing right, trident in left hand, shield with Union flag in right, legend around, national flower emblems in exergue.

Script: Latin

Lettering: BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF:

Unabridged legend: Britanniarum Rex Fidei Defensor

Translation: King of the Britains Defender of the Faith

Edge

Plain

Mint

Royal Mint (Tower Hill), London, United Kingdom (1810-1975)

Comments

The standard weight was one sixth ounce avoirdupois (72 11/12 grains) although can vary between 4.6-4.9g.

Reverse die varieties:

Rev A incuse line down the arms of the saltire (St, Andrews's cross);
Rev B raised line down the arms of the saltire;

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

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1831  2 688 000 $ 4.50 $ 4.50 $ 14 $ 21 33%
1831  0.5% Proof
1834  1 935 360 $ 3.50 $ 3.70 $ 8.50 30%
1835  1 720 300 $ 2.10 $ 5.30 $ 8.50 33%
1836  1 290 200 $ 4.90 $ 7.30 18%
1837  3 010 500 $ 4.30 $ 5.80 $ 10 28%

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IVPicture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IV
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232132
Lot 62471
Internet Archive
Aug 11, 2021 1831 UNC
(PCGS MS63 Brown)
USD 204.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IVPicture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IVPicture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IVPicture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IV
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232128
Lot 63479
Internet Archive
Jul 14, 2021 1831 UNC
(NGC UNC Details (Surface Hairlines))
Unsold
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IVPicture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IVPicture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IVPicture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IV
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232219
Lot 62548
Internet Archive
May 5, 2022 1831 – Proof UNC
(NGC PR63 Brown)
USD 360.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IVPicture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IVPicture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IVPicture 1 of a sold 1 Farthing - William IV
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 232032
Lot 61342
Internet Archive
Aug 5, 2020 1834 UNC
(PCGS MS64 Brown)
USD 156.00
(incl. buyer's premium)

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