Victoria Young Head (Bun) Coinage (1880 - 1895)
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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).
|1895||Young Head. Near VF, rare||£15.00|
|1895||Young Head. GVF||£30.00|
|1895||Young Head. EF||£60.00|
|1895||Young Head. GEF with good but streaky lustre||£85.00|
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.
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.
|1883||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.
Note on 1881H:
To view detailed descriptions of the 1881H varieties, including large close-up images for each type, click here.
|1881H||Type B. A/Unc some lustre on both sides||£20.00|
|1881H||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.
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.