Fourpence 1888, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fourpence 1888, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFourpence 1888

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

The fourpence denomination was discontinued after 1858, with the single exception of 1888 when a small number were issued for use in British Guiana and the West Indies.

In 1840 the value of the British Guiana guilder was fixed at 1 shilling and 4 pence (16 pence) and as a result the 4 pence piece was equated to the important 1/4 guilder denomination, known in British Guiana as a 'bit'. The 4 pence or groat therefore became the principle coin circulating in the colony although 3 pence, 2 pence and 1 1/2 pence silver coins were also provided. Although the standard design of the Imperial groat, the 1888 coins were struck only for British Guiana and the West Indies. They featured the Jubilee head of the Queen, not used for circulation coinage on this denomination elsewhere.

The groat remained in circulation in British Guiana right up until that territory adopted the decimal system in 1955.

MintRoyal Mint Mintage120,000
Obverse
United Kingdom / Fourpence 1888 - obverse photo

Crowned and veiled bust of Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:.

Obverse Inscription VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fourpence 1888 - reverse photo

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 1888.

Reverse Inscription FOUR PENCE 1888
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Fourpence 1888: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage unknown
Fourpence 1888: References to Information Used
All (24) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Fourpence
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fourpence 1836 4,253,040 Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F:D:
Fourpence 1837 (William IV) 962,280 Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F:D:
Fourpence 1837 (Victoria, Proof only) unknown Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1838 2,150,280 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1839 1,461,240 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1840 1,496,880 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1841 344,520 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1842 724,680 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1843 1,817,640 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1844 855,360 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1845 914,760 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1846 1,366,200 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1847 226,200 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1848 712,800 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1849 380,160 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1851 31,300 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1852 unknown Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1853 11,880 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1854 1,096,613 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1855 646,041 Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1857 (Proof only) unknown Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1858 (Proof only) unknown Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1862 (Proof only) unknown Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Fourpence 1888 120,000 Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
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Fourpence 1888: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
PeriodPound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1801 - 1971)
Coin TypeFourpence
Issued1888
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyPortrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head)
Face Value4 (x Penny)
Mintage120,000
CurrentNo (demonetised 1955)
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)
Mass (g)1.8900
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Coin - 4 Pence, British Guiana & West Indies, 1888
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Coin - 4 Pence, British Guiana & West Indies, 1888
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Great Britain 1888 4 pence
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