Victoria Young Head (Bun) Coinage (1880 - 1895)

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Introduction

In December 1860, copper coinage was replaced by bronze, a change which had already been made in France in 1852. The old copper coins could be handed back up to the end of 1869 at 102% of face value; thereafter, up to July 30th 1873, only at face value. The bronze coins were made of 95% copper, 4% tin (to harden the copper) and 1% zinc (to facilitate good castings).

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
1895 NEW Young Head. Near VF, rare £15.00
Click here to view picture 1895 Young Head. GVF £30.00
Click here to view picture 1895 Young Head. NEF/EF £55.00
Click here to view picture 1895 Young Head. EF £60.00
Click here to view picture 1895 Young Head. GEF with good but streaky lustre £85.00
1894 NEW GEF £18.00

Note on 1893

The Wider Date type, which is common, embraces 14 border teeth from the centre of the 1 to the centre of the 3.

The Closer Spaced Date type embraces 13 teeth and accounts for about 15% of the 1893 issue, though examples in high grade are very elusive.

Note on 1889: As we are frequently asked for this date, perhaps it is worth mentioning here that this date does not exist in the Farthing series.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
1893 Wider Date. A/Unc £12.00
1893 Wider Date. A/Unc trace of lustre £13.00
1893 Wider Date. A/Unc lustre £13.50
1893 Wider Date. Unc traces of lustre £14.00
1893 Wider Date. Unc good lustre, small toning patch £16.00
Click here to view picture 1893 NEW Wider Date. A/Unc nearly full lustre £30.00
Click here to view picture 1893 NEW Wider Date. BU Almost Full Lustre £35.00
Click here to view picture 1893 NEW Wider Date. BU Almost Full Lustre £35.00
Click here to view picture 1893 Closer Date. GVF, rare £30.00
1892 NEW GVF £22.00
1891 NVF/VF £2.50
1891 VF £2.75
1891 GVF £3.00
1891 NEW Unc traces of lustre £12.00
Click here to view picture 1890 Unc good lustre £20.00
Click here to view picture 1890 NEW BU Almost Full Lustre, toned on obverse £30.00
Click here to view picture 1890 NEW BU Almost Full Lustre £45.00
Click here to view picture 1890 NEW BU Full Lustre, some toning spots £50.00
Click here to view picture 1890 NEW Obverse Blazing BU Full Lustre, reverse toned. £50.00
Click here to view picture 1890 NEW BU Full Lustre, lightly toning. £60.00
Click here to view picture 1890 NEW BU Full Lustre, lightly toning. £60.00
Click here to view picture 1890 NEW BU Full Lustre, lightly toning. £60.00
Click here to view picture 1888 NEW Unc good lustre £35.00
Click here to view picture 1887 NEW GEF £20.00
Click here to view picture 1887 NEW Unc hints of lustre £22.00
Click here to view picture 1887 NEW Unc good lustre £30.00
1886 NVF £0.90
1886 GVF £2.00
1886 Near EF £2.25
1886 Unc lustre/Unc lustre traces £8.50
1886 NEW Unc traces of lustre £9.00
1886 Unc lustre £10.00
1886 Unc good lustre/Unc lustre £12.50
1886 Unc good lustre £15.00
Click here to view picture 1886 NEW BU Almost Full Lustre £28.00
Click here to view picture 1886 NEW BU Full Lustre, lightly toning £32.00
1885 Fine £0.60
1885 EF traces of lustre £5.50
1885 NEW GEF hints of lustre £7.00
Click here to view picture 1885 NEW Choice Unc traces of lustre £20.00
Click here to view picture 1885 NEW Unc lustre £25.00
Click here to view picture 1885 NEW Unc lustre £25.00
1884 GF £1.00
1884 VF £1.50
1884 GVF £2.00
1884 Near EF £2.50
1884 Unc traces of lustre £14.00
1884 Unc good lustre £18.00

Note on 1883

The Broken F type has a gap in the top, horizontal stroke, caused by a broken or damaged die; it accounts for only about 20% of 1883 farthings, so it is quite rare, given that 1883 is a rarer date anyway.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1883 NEW Broken F in FD. Uncirculated with lustre, small indentation on Victoria's neck. £80.00
Click here to view picture 1883 NEW Perfect F in FD. GVF, rare £20.00

Note on 1882H.

Again, the Broken F is seen for this date. However, this time it is the Perfect F which is rarer and occurs in about 25% of the 1882H farthings. Also, it is interesting to note how tiny the H (= Heaton) mintmark is when compared to 1881H or 1874/5/6H coins.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1882H Perfect F in FD. BU Almost Full Lustre, very rare thus. Sold
1882H Broken F in FD. GEF £15.00
1882H Broken F in FD. A/Unc traces of lustre £16.00
Click here to view picture 1882H Broken F in FD. Unc traces of lustre £20.00
Click here to view picture 1882H Broken F in FD. Unc good lustre £25.00
Click here to view picture 1882H Broken F in FD. BU Almost Full Lustre, rare. £50.00
Click here to view picture 1882H Broken F in FD. BU Full Lustre, lightly toning. Rare £65.00
Click here to view picture 1882H Broken F in FD. BU Full Lustre
(Spink 2017 Cat value UNC £110)
£80.00

Note on 1881H:

To view detailed descriptions of the 1881H varieties, including large close-up images for each type, click here.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1881H Type B. A/Unc some lustre on both sides £20.00
Click here to view picture 1881H NEW Type B. BU Almost Full Lustre £45.00

Note on 1881:

Most collectors have difficulty distinguishing between Obverse 7 and Obverse 6. There are several differences but we find the easiest is not to look at the shape of the nose but to look at the nostril.

On Obverse 6 the nostril is a small, deeply-cut, oval, closed at both ends.

On Obverse 7 the nostril is longer and "open" at the right hand end.

This difference is observable in all grades from Fine upwards.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1881 NEW 3 Berries. Obverse 6. BU Almost Full Lustre £70.00
1881 NEW 3 Berries. Obverse 6. BU Almost Full Lustre £70.00
Click here to view picture 1881 NEW 3 Berries. Obverse 7. A/Unc lustre £24.00
Click here to view picture 1881 NEW 3 Berries. Obverse 7. A/Unc lustre £24.00
Click here to view picture 1881 3 Berries. Obverse 7. Unc good lustre. (Photograph includes a close-up of this variety.) Sold
Click here to view picture 1881 3 Berries. Obverse 7. Unc lustre £45.00
Click here to view picture 1881 NEW 3 Berries. Obverse 7. BU Almost Full Lustre £70.00
Click here to view picture 1881 NEW 4 Berries. BMC 1901A. GF, extremely rare £55.00
Click here to view picture 1881 4 Berries. BMC 1901A. Near VF, extremely rare £80.00
Click here to view picture 1881 4 Berries. NEF/GVF, extremely rare. (Photograph includes a close-up of this variety.) Sold
Click here to view picture 1881 4 Berries. BMC 1901A. Near EF, extremely rare
Ex R. Heseltine
£200.00
Click here to view picture 1881 4 Berries. BMC 1901A. EF, extremely rare £245.00

Note on 1880:

Most 1880 ¼ds have a weakly struck patch on the hair and a dimple centrally on the neck; both are interesting striking faults. (Note: this dimple occurs for quite a number of other dates as well, for example, 1883.)

The second 8 of the date can also be found as an "open-topped" 8.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1880 4 Berries. Closed 8. BU Full Lustre, extremely rare in this condition.
(First in stock in this grade since List 38.)
(Photograph includes a close-up of this variety.)
Sold
Click here to view picture 1880 3 Berries. Closed 8. NVF, extremely rare £65.00
Click here to view picture 1880 3 Berries. Closed 8. Near EF/GVF, extremely rare £150.00
Click here to view picture 1880 3 Berries. Closed 8. Unc good lustre or better, extremely rare. (Photograph includes a close-up of this variety.) Sold

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