Proof copper coin; Denomination: Farthing
Royal Mint, London
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)

The circulation copper farthing with Britannia on the reverse was struck for Queen Victoria between 1838 and 1859. It was discontinued in 1860 when it was replaced by a smaller bronze penny. This proof was part of the Sydney Mint's exhibit at the 1879 Sydney International Exhibition. It formed part of the Sydney Mint collection until sold to Dr. Howat at the closure of theat mint in 1926. He donated it to this collection in 1926 on his return from New South Wales.

Obverse Description

Head of Queen Victoria facing left, ribbon in her hair; incuse on neck truncation, W W (William Wyon); around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA; below, 1860

Reverse Description

Britannia seated facing right holding trident and resting her right hand on a shield; around, BRITANNIAR: REG: FID: DEF:; in exergue, a rose, thistle and shamrock united.

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