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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 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.

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

FARTHING SPECIAL DATES
1863: $70 in average circulated condition

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

HALF PENNY SPECIAL DATES
1869: $120 in average circulated condition
1871: $120
1874: $80

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

ONE PENNY SPECIAL DATES
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
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 25-Jul-2014 12:09:09 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.
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