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Coin: Fourpence 1839
Description

The groat is a fourpence coin. Circulation issue groats (like this one) had the Britannia reverse; Maundy Groats did not.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value4 (x Penny) TypeFourpence
Year1839 CurrentNo (demonetised 1955)
Mintage1,461,240 (1.5 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint 1,461,240 (1.5 million) No mint mark
Material0.925 Silver DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by William Wyon (Young head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.8900
Obverse

Head of Queen Victoria facing left, ribbon in hair; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Reverse

Figure of Britannia, draped and wearing helmet, seated facing right holding trident and resting right hand on an oval shield which bears the crosses of the Union flag; around, FOUR PENCE; in exergue, the date 1839.

Reverse inscription

FOUR PENCE 1839

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Fourpence 1839: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof (coin alignment) unknown (hover mouse for text)
Proof (medal alignment) unknown (hover mouse for text)
Fourpence 1839: Photos
Fourpence 1839: Photo Coin - Groat, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1839
Coin - Groat, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1839
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Fourpence 1839: Photo Coin - Groat, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1839
Coin - Groat, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1839
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Fourpence 1839: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 731.1
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3913
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 731.2 (Proof, plain edge)
Fourpence 1839: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proofs (coin and medal alignment)
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Fourpence 1839: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Groat, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1839
List of all (23) coins of type: United Kingdom / Fourpence
Fourpence 1836 Fourpence 1837 Fourpence 1837 (Victoria, Proof only) Fourpence 1838 Fourpence 1839 Fourpence 1840
Fourpence 1841 Fourpence 1842 Fourpence 1843 Fourpence 1844 Fourpence 1845 Fourpence 1846
Fourpence 1847 Fourpence 1848 Fourpence 1849 Fourpence 1851 Fourpence 1852 Fourpence 1853
Fourpence 1854 Fourpence 1855 Fourpence 1857 (Proof only) Fourpence 1858 (Proof only) Fourpence 1888