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1 Penny - Victoria 2nd portrait

Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1874-1894
Value 1 Penny = 1/12 Shilling (1/240)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Bronze
Weight 9.45 g
Diameter 30.8 mm
Thickness 1.6 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 08-31-1971
References KM# 755,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# 3954/5
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 right, with trident in left hand and shield bearing the Union flag in right, sea behind with lighthouse on left and ship on right, denomination above and date in exergue.

NOTE: many varieties. With or without "H" mintmark.

Lettering:
ONE PENNY
1881
H

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.

Edge

Plain

Comments

The standard weight of these pieces was 48 to the pound avoirdupois (1/3 ounce or 145.8 grains).

'H' mintmark struck by Ralph Heaton & Sons, Birmingham (Sp#3955), all other issues are Sp#3954

In 1874, the 2nd portrait was very slightly changed. In KM#755, the D:G: is further away from the Queen's head.
So take care if you have an 1874 in case it is KM#749.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1874  2% 17 leaves, thick ribbons, large date
1874  0.2% 17 leaves, thick ribbons, small date
1874  1.4% 17 leaves, thin ribbons, large date
1874  1.3% 17 leaves, thin ribbons, small date
1874 H 1.1% 17 leaves, thin ribbons
1874 H 1.2% 17 leaves, thin ribbons, large date
1874 H 0.4% 17 leaves, thin ribbons, small date
1874 H 0.15% 17 leaves, thin ribbons, small date; Proof
1875  1 0.2% large date, heavy planchet; Proof
1875  2.0% larger date
1875  10,691,000 0.72 3.64 4.59 14% medium date
1875  0.9% smaller date
1875 H 0.2% large date; Proof
1875 H 753,000 1.4% larger date
1876  1.4% Error - missing H
1876 H 11,075,000 0.21 2.87 5.76 15.81 13% large date
1876 H 0.18% large date; Proof
1876 H 1.8% small date
1877  9,625,000 0.19 2.65 3.54 4.99 14% large date
1877  0.3% large date; Proof
1877  0.5% small date
1878  2,764,000 0.99 7.98 7%
1878  0.12% Proof
1879  2%
1879  0.8% large date, incuse lines in wreath
1879  1 0.18% Large date, incuse lines in wreath; Proof
1879  7,666,000 2.37 7.23 10% large date, raised lines in wreath
1879  0.4% small date
1880  3,001,000 1.03 3.95 7%
1880  0.2% Obverse 15 leaves as 1881; Proof
1880  0.15% Proof
1880  0.3% Rock to left of lighthouse
1881  2,302,000 0.14 0.87 8%
1881  0.2% Obverse and reverse as 1880
1881  0.2% Obverse as 1880; shield heraldically colored
1881  0.15% Obverse as 1880; shield heraldically colored; Proof
1881  0.2% Proof
1881  0.15% Shield heraldically colored; Proof
1881 H 3,763,000 5.49 5% 15 leaves in wreath on obverse
1881 H 0.2% 15 leaves in wreath on obverse; Proof
1882  4%
1882 H 7,526,000 0.53 4.31 4.31 8% convex shield
1882 H 2% flat shield
1882 H 0.2% Proof
1883  0.8%
1883  6,237,000 0.33 0.85 8%
1883  0.18% Proof
1884  11,703,000 1.23 2.43 3.05 5.13 15%
1884  0.2% Proof
1885  7,146,000 0.62 2.62 3.01 12%
1885  0.3% Proof
1886  6,088,000 0.49 1.18 8.73 11%
1886  0.2% Proof
1887  5,315,000 0.37 2.44 5.18 115.50 13%
1888  5,125,000 0.43 2.87 6.02 11.34 11%
1889  12,560,000 0.38 1.87 1.87 11.78 23%
1889  0.6% 14 leaves in wreath
1889  0.2% 14 leaves in wreath; Proof
1890  15,331,000 0.37 0.62 3.27 4.56 26%
1890  0.3% Proof
1891  17,886,000 0.69 0.75 1.18 5.45 56.56 29%
1891  0.4% Proof
1892  10,502,000 0.55 0.62 1.88 2.18 15.39 22%
1892  0.4% Proof
1893  8,162,000 0.12 1.09 1.43 13.49 18%
1893  0.4% Proof
1894  3,883,000 0.69 2.23 6.54 11%

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