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Coin: Fourpence 1852
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
Year1852 CurrentNo (demonetised 1955)
Mintageunknown
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark unknown
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 1852.

Reverse inscription

FOUR PENCE 1852

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

The Rotographic catalogue "Collectors’ Coins Great Britain 1760 - 1970" lists mintage of 31,300, probably in error (in Remick and Krause, 31,300 is the mintage for 1851). Remick calls the 1851 groat "extremely rare" and doesn't list its mintage.

Fourpence 1852: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 731.1
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3913
Fourpence 1852: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
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