Quarter Farthing 1868 (Proof only), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Quarter Farthing 1868 (Proof only), Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1870)
CoinQuarter Farthing 1868 (Proof only)

The Quarter Farthing was the smallest circulating coin of the British pre-decimal Pound Sterling, equal to 1/4 of a farthing, or 1/16 of a penny. There were 20 shillings to a pound, 12 pence to a shilling and 4 farthings to a penny, so 3,840 of these coins made up £1.

The coin was introduced in 1839 exclusively for use in Ceylon, but it is considered to be part of the British coinage, being made in the same style as the contemporary half-farthing. The half farthing was also made exclusively for Ceylon in the beginning, but was later made legal tender in the United Kingdom too; the quarter farthing, however, was not. It was roughly equal to a half duit or a half Indian pie.

The obverse of the coin was struck from the dies for Queen Victoria's Maundy twopence. The denomination was short-lived, and after a final proof-only issue in 1868 (in bronze, unlike the circulation coins which were copper) it was discontinued.

Quarter farthings were only struck as proofs in 1868, in bronze and not in copper like the earlier coins. This was the last year when coins of this denomination were struck.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Quarter Farthing 1868 (Proof only) - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the young uncrowned effigy of Queen Victoria, facing left; the portrait is by William Wyon and is widely known as her "Young Head".

The Queen's hair is bound with a double fillet (ribbon) and collected into a knot behind.

Around, the monarch's legend: VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:. Translated from Latin: Victoria, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Britains, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse Inscription VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Reverse
United Kingdom / Quarter Farthing 1868 (Proof only) - reverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse of the coin shows at its centre, on two lines, the value and denomination in words: QUARTER FARTHING.

Above that, St Edward's Crown. Named after Saint Edward the Confessor, it has been traditionally used to crown English and British monarchs at their coronations since the 13th century (with a two-century gap between 1689 and 1911).

Below the denomination, the date 1868, under which a Tudor rose.

Reverse Inscription QUARTER FARTHING 1868
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Not listed in Krause.

References to additional information:

[Book] Bressett, Kenneth E. 1962. A Guidebook of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Wisconsin, USA. p9
[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue to British Commonwealth Coins., p187

Quarter Farthing 1868 (Proof only): Known varieties
Variety Copper-Nickel Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Listed in Remick only.

Variety Copper Proof
Images United Kingdom / Quarter Farthing 1868 (Proof only) / Copper Proof - obverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Farthing 1868 (Proof only) / Copper Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

According to Sovereign Rarities, "seemingly missed the bronzing process in striking, extremely rare" (which presumes that the other proofs a bronzed copper and not bronze).

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Quarter Farthing 1868 (Proof only): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeQuarter Farthing
Issued1868
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyQueen Victoria - Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head)
Face Value1/16 (x Penny)
Mintageunknown
CurrentNo; demonetised 1870
MaterialBronze
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size13.500 mm
Mass1.200 g
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Quarter Farthing 1868 (Proof only): Photos
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Victoria 1868 copper proof Quarter-Farthing - not bronzed
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Victoria 1868 copper proof Quarter-Farthing - not bronzed
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Quarter Farthing 1868 (Proof only): Catalogue Reference IDs