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Great Britain Penny and Half Penny  1895 to 1901
Great Britain Penny and Half Penny 1895 to 1901

Thanks for your thorough description, Caley. Sure enough, we did not have this issue of the British penny in our database. Now it is here.

All the old pennies and half pennies from Great Britain make wonderful collectibles. They come from a time when a penny was *worth* something! But millions and millions were made, so their value today is not that high. Here is a run-down:

worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $50

worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $25
fully uncirculated: $60

These are catalog values and apply to all the dates in the series. Use our Important Terminology page to fully understand what this means.

That is none other than Queen Victoria on your coin. Her reign was so long they changed the penny design three times. But Britannia would be upset with you since you called her a thin man. She appears on the back of the coin, and looks a little more up-to-date in our color picture. She is a symbol of integrity and virtue in Great Britain, like Miss Liberty in America.

Coin: 2396 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Caley, Fri, 25-Dec-2009 06:43:04 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 22-Aug-2012 02:05:41 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 08-Aug-2014 13:30:13 GMT
Requester description: 1899 It's a tarnished, most likely circulated coin with whom I assume is Queen Victoria on the front with the words, 'VICTORIA DEI GRA BRITT REGINA FID DEF IND IMP' bordering it's edges. She's wearing a crown beneath a head scarf, a necklace, and earrings. By the looks of her facial features, she appears to be in her sixties. There's a thin man sitting with his sheild in his left hand and a trident in the other on the back of the coin. He's also wearing a helmet and facing toward the east. The date 1899 is below him, bordering the bottom edge of the coin. The word 'ONE' is on the left side of the coin, and the word 'PENNY' is on the right side. I think the penny is either silver or nickel, but I'm not sure. It's very tarnished, and it has a coppery, old US penny color to it.
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I own one :) Thanks to my Grandfather .. It's actually sitting here beside me .. Thank you for your information :) X - Chrissy
Hey, Chrissy. We generally don't receive kisses (X) here at CoinQuest. But I guess I should not complain! - CoinQuest (Paul)

my husband found this one penny on the ground outside his work many years ago then the other day he was cleaning his locker out and found it again so what I would love to know is what it is worth in English money of today thank you - sue
This page tells how much these coins are worth. See above. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I was just looking through some old boxes and found an 1897 Queen Victoria one cent coin but it is not the same coin as you guys have on your discription coin.Mine has a picture of Queen Victoria on the front and a 1 with a circle of words around it and says' Straits Settlements 1897 One cent.I was jus twandering if you could find out what type of coin it is and see how much it is for me. Thankyou - Alex
Alex - what you have is 1 cent 1897 Straits Settlements. This coin is not yet on our catalog. If you what to see a description and a value for your coin you must make a free appraisal on our web site here(click here). - CoinQuest (Andrei)

I have one that someone (not me) drill a hole in it. 1900 one cent piece. Is it worth anything? - Hank
Damage to an old coin renders it almost valueless. You coin might be worth $1 US dollar, probably less. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a penny like this but on it, it has a ship with queen Victoria on the picture in not very bad but not very good conditions. - Victoria
The patterns vary slightly over the years, including adding a ship. It sounds like your coin is worth $3 US dollars or so. - CoinQuest (Paul)

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