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

The circulation copper penny with Britannia on the reverse was struck for Queen Victoria between 1839 and 1859. It was discontinued in 1860 when it was replaced by a smaller bronze penny. This proof was part of the Melbourne Mint's exhibit at the 1880 and 1888 Melbourne International Exhibitions.

Obverse Description

Head of Queen Victoria facing left, ribbon in her hair; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA; below, 1859

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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