Proof 1/2 Quarts, Issued by Gibraltar
Minted by Royal Mint, London

The date of production of this coin is given as 1841 (Pridmore) and 1861 (Hocking) but could be as late as 1878 if prepared for display by the Australian Branch Mints at the 1879 and 1880 International Exhibitions.

Obverse Description

Young head of the Queen facing left wearing ornamented band in her hair; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:

Reverse Description

Castle of three towers; key in exergue below centre tower; around above, GIBRALTAR; around in exergue, HALF QUART

Edge Description



The name Gibraltar is derived from Gebel Tarik (hill of Tarek) so named after Tarik ibn Zeyed who captured the site in AD 711. The denominations of the coins are quarts after the Spanish copper coin cuarto which was current in Gibraltar at about 4 to the British penny.

The undated 1/2 quart was not struck for circulation, it's obverse die is either that of a Maundy groat, Hocking who classifies it as a pattern and associates it with the 1861 pattern 1 and 2 quarts, or a 1/2 farthing, Pridmore who associates it with the 1841 proof 1 and 2 quart pieces.

However it could also be a mule piece struck for Exhibitions only, the Melbourne Museum holds a half farthing proof of 1868 with die weaknesses in the lettering almost exactly the same as on this 1/2 quart which was supplied from London to be exhibitied by the Melbourne Mint at the 1880 International Exhibition and another supplied to Sydney Mint for the 1879 International Exhibition. The Museum's 1879 Maundy penny also displays similar weaknesses and it too was supplied for 1880 International Exhibition by the Royal Mint, London.

This coin was exhibited at both the 1880 and 1888 Melbourne International Exhibitions.

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