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., Mon, 22-Aug-2016 03:12:09 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 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)

I have one of each year of this coin, from 1896-1900 (unfortunately I'm missing 1895 and 1901) I would of thought the 1900 coin would be of slightly higher value, being the turn of the century coin?! Surprisingly not, or am I wrong? Does having a full set (1895-1901) of this mint be of better value than what I have now? - Merwida
Hi Merwida - The coin catalog shows minor variations in value with specific dates, although 1900 shows no great departure from normal. This web site reports only general, average values. Real coin catalogs contain (easily) 1000 times more information than CoinQuest. Having a complete set is fun and exciting for collectors, but dealers who buy coins are generally unimpressed. Coin buyers always consider each coin individually and almost never grant bonuses for complete sets. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have 3 1penny coins the date's are 1882-1863 and 1937 all with some disscolour any good would love to know as they are part of a collection of coins handed down from Uncle to nethue - eddie robinson
We have pages on all your coins. Click the 'Search' button then enter a short phrase like '1882 penny.' You will see your coin. Get the values dependent on condition. Discoloration usually lowers the value to one-half the normal value. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1901 one penny coin hasn't been fully circulated and has queen Victoria on the back with her hair not in a bun the face side reads Victoria.dei.gra.dritt.regina.fid.def.ind.imp. it is all very readable still has its copper shine with a little bit of dirt in each of the grooves what do you think the value is? thanks - alfie
Our listing gives catalog value as a function of condition:

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

As long as your coin has not been cleaned, and it is not scratched, stained, or damaged in some way, it sounds like your coin resides somewhere between well preserved and fully uncirculated. A guess at catalog value is, then, about $40 US dollars. This means, usually, that a dealer would buy your coin for about $20 and sell it to a collector for about $30. See our 'Important Terminology' page for an explanation of how catalog values work. -- Go on eBay and find a coin that looks like yours. Then watch the auction and see what it sells for.
- CoinQuest (Paul)

I have this coin dated 1899. Unfortunately, does have a small hole at top. My issue is, this coin is not bronze, it is silver???? I am stumped. Have any ideas? I have searched everything. I do not understand why it is made from the wrong material?? Thanks for any help in advance. Ronda
- Ronda
Hi Ronda -- There are two possibilities: (1) you have a copper coin plated with silver, or (2) you have a penny that was produced with silver instead of copper. A normal 1899 copper penny weighs 8.8 grams (half penny weighs 5.7 grams). Take your coin to a jeweler and get it weighed accurate to 0.1 gram. If the weight is 8.8 grams, then it is silver plated and worth very little. If its weight is significantly different than 8.8 grams, it is not made of copper and can be worth quite a bit of money. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1900 half penny with Queen Victoria and A guy holding a trident my friend has the exact same year but there is a guy on a horse of the back of his does this affect the value. Also about how much is mine worth - Roy
We do not know of any half pennies with a horse and rider on the back. Values for half pennies are shown on this page. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have an 1890 and an 1895 with a horse and rider on the back of both of them - Kris
That is a great design. - CoinQuest (Todd)

I have a Gold Ring with the VICTORIAN DEI GRA BRITT REGINA FID DEF IND IMP placed in it. I am trying to figure out what it is worth? - SN
If the ring is truly gold, it would make sense that the coin inside is not one of these coins but instead a half (or full) gold sovereign coin. These weigh 3.99 and 7.98 grams, respectively, and are 91.7% gold. Have a coin dealer weigh the ring and subtract the weight of the coin (they'll know if it's a half or full sovereign) to determine the gold weight of the ring. This is how a dealer would assess value to what you have. A collector might pay more than the gold value, but a dealer would make an offer based on gold content. CLICK HERE for more info on sovereigns. - CoinQuest (Todd)

The coin that I have has a woman on the front and a man on a horse on the back and it does not say one penny on it, it's a 1895 Victoria DEI GRA BRITT REGINA FID DEF IND IMP, what kind of coin do I have - Dale
What color is the coin? CLICK HERE and see if your coin matches this one. If you request a free appraisal (CLICK HERE) and provide more info, we'll be able to narrow it down for you. - CoinQuest (Todd)




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