Great Britain Farthing, Penny and Half Penny (Victoria)  1860 to 1894
Great Britain Farthing, Penny and Half Penny (Victoria) 1860 to 1894

Hello Chastity,

You have a half penny from Great Britain. This series runs during Queen Victoria's long reign, starting in 1838 and ending in 1901. Different versions of the coin bear the queen's likeness at various stages of her life, but the inscription always says Victoria DG (DG = Dei Gratia = by the grace of God). This page applies to farthings, pennies and half pennies dated between 1860 and 1894 that look like the coin shown.

FARTHING: 19 mm diameter
HALF PENNY: 25 mm diametet
PENNY: 30 mm diameter

On the reverse is Britannia, who is kind of like America's Miss Liberty. She is a fanciful figure who embodies virtue, freedom, and strength.

As to value of these coins, most are not very valuable. Millions and millions were made, and even though coin collectors gobble them up for their collections, there are still plenty around. Here are some typical catalog values for these coins. Values are list by common date first, followed by special dates. If your coin is not a special date, it is a common date.

worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculted: $200

1863: $70 in average circulated condition

worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $18
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculted: $350

1869: $120 in average circulated condition
1871: $120
1874: $80

worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculted: $500

1864: $200 in average circulated condition
1868: $70
1869: $500
1871: $200
1874: $50

The value to the right of each special date is for average circulated condition.

Use our Important Terminology link to understand how catalog value relates to actual value.

If you are a serious collector, there are several interesting minting varieties in this long series. For instance, an 1865 over 1863 half penny catalogs for $1000 in uncirculated condition. Minting varieties like these are well beyond the scop of the CoinQuest forum. If you are interested in such varieties, seek out one of the many good collecting sites on the Internet, or consult with a knowledgeable collector or coin dealer.

Coin: 1806 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Chastity, Fri, 06-Nov-2009 13:54:01 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 22-Aug-2012 02:30:34 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 28-Jul-2016 21:35:05 GMT
Requester description: 1890 Inscriptions on one side are VICTORIA D:G: BRITT:REG:F:D with a device of a women facing left with her hair tied back and a little ribbon hanging from the hair. On the other side the Inscriptions are HALF PENNY 1890 and the device is a man with a Pitch fork like thing in his hand, sitting on what looks like a circle of the british flag, he has some sort of head peice on as well.
Tags: great britain farthing penny cent half victoria uk brit brittan brittain england britian britt english britan british brittish peny cents pennys pennies victoriad viktoria victotia vicoria victoriya victor inscriptions monogram one reg women woman hair tied tie ribbon hanging hang man pitch trident fork hand sitting seat circle flag head peice piece well script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters lettering scrip lettered initials ones femal lady female feminine fem womans females womens ladys princess ladies hairdo hairline hangman hangs male mens mans thonged thong forks trisul pronged pitchfork triton prongs stool sit sitted sits seated circled encircle circlet ring circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed pieces britannia warrior shield arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon throne chair


I have one but the date is 1879 was just wondering thanks - Jozie Martinez
This page applies to all dates from 1860 to 1894. Since 1879 is not listed as a 'special date,' it is a 'common date.' Look for values on this page in the 'common date' sections. To find out if you have a farthing, half penny, or penny, measure your coin's diameter. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1861 victoria d.g. britt:reg:f:d: one penny coin what is the value of it? I cant seem to find it anywhere. Thanks. Jason - jason
1861 is a common date. See the values under ONE PENNY COMMON DATES above. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Our coin is dated 1862, is this a common date
- rick
Yes - CoinQuest

I have a 1867 Penny but there it is stamped or engraved with 'TYRIAN /\ 219' Is this spscial? - Tom
Hi Tom -- Coins that have been engraved or stamped like yours are not particularly special and are worth about the same amount as 'normal' coins. Only when coins are officially counter marked by an established government do they become significantly more valuable, as shown at this link [Press Here]. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1894 Penny VG DIE CAP. It is circulated but in great condition. Can anyone give me the value of this amazing coin??? - Neil Mac Lean

I have a coin which has two dates on it 1867 on one side and 1868 on the other but the same picture on both sides with the lady sitting on the rock with the shield and a spear in her left hand in the back ground on the left hand side there is a light house and on the right a sailing ship has anyone seen one of these coins before - Darren
It's a 'trick coin' and it is probably somewhat valuable since it is made by combining two old copper Victoria coins. See this page [PRESS HERE] for more details, but your piece is probably more valuable than this page says. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have an 1876 penny. It is worn. But can still read what is on it kind of. Any thoughts of how much this may be worth, if anything? - Sean
Check out the 'common dates' paragraph on this page. - CoinQuest (Todd)

I have one dated 1882, is this valued? - mahesh
Yes, it would fall into the 'common date' category on this page. - CoinQuest (Todd)

I have an 1861 half penny, fairly worn but it's a medallion. Does this have any special significance or worth?
Before the mass manufacture of inexpensive jewelry, coins were some of the only decorative objectives that poorer people had easy access to. You sometimes see old coins with a hole or a hoop, worn as a medallion by some unknown person a long time ago. This damage unfortunately removes all of the numismatic value from a coin. Though it leaves behind a cool conversation piece! - CoinQuest (Chris)






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