Bronze coin; Denomination: Farthing
Royal Mint, London
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
A farthing is a quarter penny. The bronze farthing replaced the earlier and larger copper farthing in 1860. This coin was current in all Australian colonies.
Bust of Queen Victoria facing left wearing bodice and a mantle decorated with rose, thistle and shamrock; in her hair a wreath of leaves and berries tied at back with ribbon, her hair drawn to a plaited bun behind, she wears a circular broach; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITT: REG: F: D:. Toothed border
Britannia seated facing right on a rock wearing a helmet and breastplate with flowing dress; she holds a trident and rests her right hand on a shield which bears the combined crosses of the Union Flag; at right a ship sailing away; at left, a lighthouse; around, FARTHING; in exergue, 1860. Beaded border.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11 Jan 1978
Type of item
20 mm (Outside Diameter), 2.79 g (Weight)
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