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Coin: Fourpence 1847

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

1847 fourpence coins are only listed as 1847/6 (overdate only). Remick's Guide and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 does not list mintage for them but says they are "extremely rare".

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value4 (x Penny) TypeFourpence
Year1847 CurrentNo (demonetised 1955)
Mintage226,200 (226200)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 226,200 (226200)
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

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:

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 1847.

Reverse inscription


EdgeMilled Edge inscription


Fourpence 1847: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 731.1
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3913
Fourpence 1847: References to Information Used
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Rotographic, Collectors Coins Great Britain 1760 - 1970 Mintage
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