Great Britain Farthing, 1/2 Penny, and Penny (George III)  1770 to 1807
Great Britain Farthing, 1/2 Penny, and Penny (George III) 1770 to 1807

Hi Dan -- It sounds like you have a nice old penny, half penny, or farthing from Great Britain. These coins have similar designs and the denomination is based on size. Since you indicate a 'large' coin, you probably have the penny. Here are the dimensions:

FARTHING: 20 mm diameter
PENNY: 34 mm

They all have King George III on the front and Britannia on the back.

There are not many of these still around in decent shape. The one in the picture, a penny, might sell for $10 US dollars as it is average circulated condition. Since yours is worn, figure less value. Here are some approximate catalog values for the three denominations in average circulated condition with no spots, scratches, stains, nicks or cleanings:

worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $300
farthings dated after 1798 are more common and worth half these values

1/2 PENNY:
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $250
fully uncirculated: $700
1/2 pennies dated after 1798 are common and worth one-third these values
there is a 1/2 penny dated 1772 with GEORGIVS spelled GEORIVS, these are worth less than the values above

PENNY (dates 1806 and 1807 only):
worn: $6 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $18
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculated: $550

PENNY (date 1797 'cartwheel):
This coin has a different design. You can see our appraisal page for the 1797 'cartwheel' penny at this CoinQuest link.

Be sure to use our Terminology page to interpret catalog values.

You can also check one of our favorite web sites on old British coppers:

Coin: 1123 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Dan, Wed, 26-Aug-2009 14:41:30 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Sat, 18-May-2013 18:55:46 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 02-Nov-2016 18:58:01 GMT
Requester description: 1806 Front of coin is Georgius III D.G.REX..... 1806. Reverse of coin is Britannia seated facing left...inscription Britannia.
Tags: great britain farthing 1 2 penny cent george iii uk brit brittan brittain england britian britt english britan british brittish peny cents pennys pennies georgius georgvs georgeivs georgious giorgi geroges geogius georg geogivs georgian geor georgivis georgium georgvis georgevs georgivs rex britannia seated seat inscription monogram stool sit sitted sitting sits script letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials warrior trident thonged thong forks trisul pronged pitchfork fork triton prongs pitch throne chair branch stalk oval ellipse coat shield arms twigs stalks spray sprig limb stick twig sprays sprigs branching branches branched sticks oblong elliptic ovals sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon


I have an 1807 George III halfpenny. It's quite worn but everything still readable. When turning it over (left to right), the image of Brittania is upside down to the image of George III. Is this usual? Am I correct in thinking that most/all other coins have the both obverse and reverse images positioned the same way when flipping over left to right/right to left? How much is a worn 1807 George III halfpenny worth? If the positioning of the obverse and reverse images is incorrect, would this increase the coin's value regardless of the condition? I look forward to comments and advice. Thanks, Malc. - Malcolm Barber
You have a piece with 'coin alignment' which is correct for these coins. The alternative is 'medal alignment' which would be incorrect. In medal alignment the images are not inverted when turned from right to left. Check the change in your pocket and you will see most coins have coin alignment. A worn 1807 half penny catalogs for $5, as stated above on this page. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1806 George III its is very worn (partially readable). One side is King George, though on the other is the top half of Britannia and what should be the bottom half is the top of King George. - William
Sounds interesting -- want to send us a photo? Please CLICK HERE and you'll be able to upload photos. We'd be curious to have a look at it. - CoinQuest (Todd)





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