United Kingdom: Coin Penny 1894 (Veiled Head, Pattern) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Penny 1894 (Veiled Head, Pattern)
CoinPenny 1894 (Veiled Head, Pattern)

Extremely rare pattern coin with the new ("Veiled Head") obverse and a new Britannia design - which differs from the "Fourth design" adopted the next year.

MintRoyal Mint
Obverse
United Kingdom / Penny 1894 (Veiled Head, Pattern) - obverse photo

Effigy known as the "Veiled head" or "Old head": crowned bust of Queen Victoria facing left wearing a veil over the back of the crown, pearl necklace and a pendant; on the left lapel of the mantle, exhibited full-face, is the ribbon and Star of the Garter, part of the outer edge of which is covered by the veil; around, the legend VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP · (Victoria, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India); in the field below the bust in small letters, the artist's initials, T.B. (for Thomas Brock).

Obverse Inscription VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Penny 1894 (Veiled Head, Pattern) - reverse photo

Figure of Britannia seated facing right on a rock wearing a helmet and flowing robes; she holds a trident and rests her right hand on a shield which bears the combined crosses of the Union Flag; a sailing ship (not present in the finally adopted version, and different from the earlier version) sailing to the right; there is no lighthouse at left; around, the denomination ONE PENNY; in exergue, the date 1894.

Reverse Inscription ONE PENNY 1894
Edge
Edge Inscription
Notes

CoinFactsWiki wrongly attributes the coin to type Spink 3961 and Krause KM# 790. However, a) it is not listed in either source at all, and b) if it was listed, it would have a different ID since the reverse substantially differs from the subsequent issues of the "Fourth Britannia design" type.

References to additional information:

[Book] Freeman, Michael J. 2016. The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain. Rotographic, London, UK. p233

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Penny 1894 (Veiled Head, Pattern): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
PeriodPound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1801 - 1971)
Coin TypePenny (Pattern)
Issued1894
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyPortrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head)
Face Value1 (x Penny)
CurrentNo
Mintageunknown
RarityR3 (Extremely Rare)
MaterialBronze
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)
Mass (g)
Penny 1894 (Veiled Head, Pattern): Photos
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Great Britain 1894 penny KM-790
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Penny 1894 (Veiled Head, Pattern): Catalogue Reference IDs