Obverse Inscription - VICTORIA D:G: BRITT.REG:F:D: - By the Grace of God Victoria Queen of the Britons and Defender of the Faith
Reverse Inscription - F A R T H I N G 1891
Very Close to UNC. Still has lustre and beautifully toned.
More Information About Victoria's Bun Head Farthing's
The first British Farthing's were minted during the Reign of Queen Anne
in 1714, and ceased circulation in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth
II 1960. Farthing's ceased being minted in 1956 due to lack of demand
and in 1960 they were demonetized altogether bringing and end to 246
years of Farthing's being in circulation.
Farthing's were struck during Victoria's Reign from 1838 until 1901. Bun
Head Farthing's were struck
from 1860 until 1895. Bun Head Farthing's all had the same diameter
of 20 millimetres, weight of 2.84 grams
and were made of a bronze alloy of alloy of 95% copper 4% tin and 1%
The obverse was engraved by Leonard
Charles Wyon. In keeping with
tradition Victoria's portrait faces to the left, in the opposite
direction to her predecessor. Victoria's portrait depicts her wearing a
Laureate (A Crown of leafs) and her hair is held in a bun at the back
of her head.
The reverse was also engraved by Leonard
Charles Wyon. The reverse
device is of Britannia seated holding a Trident in her left hand and
her right hand is resting on a shield emblazoned with a Union Flag.
Their is a light house in the distance to Victoria's left and a ship in
the distance to her right.