Victoria Young Head (Bun) Coinage (1860 - 1879)

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Note on 1879

Apart from Normal and Large-sized 9 in date, the date spacing also varies.

On some, the 8 and 7 of the date are noticeably closer together whereas more commonly all the numerals are evenly spaced.

On a few of the evenly spaced type, the numerals are even more spaced out, embracing 12 border teeth instead of the more usual 10½ to 11½ teeth.

Yet another variety has appeared recently. There appear to be variations in the size and spacing of the border teeth. This has not yet been fully investigated and any comments from collectors would be most gratefully received.

All 1879 farthings need sorting out just like we did for 1881H. Please contact us if you can help.

Large 9 only occurs with 87 closer together.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
1879 Normal 9 (same size as other figures). Evenly-spaced date. Near EF £9.00
1879 Normal 9 (same size as other figures). Evenly-spaced date. NEF/EF £10.00
Click here to view picture 1879 Normal 9 (same size as other figures). Evenly-spaced date. A/Unc lustre £20.00
Click here to view picture 1879 Normal 9 (same size as other figures). Evenly-spaced date. Unc good lustre £40.00
Click here to view picture 1879 Large 9 in date. GVF, rare £25.00
Click here to view picture 1879 Medium-sized 9 (bit larger than the other figures). A/Unc lustre £65.00

Note on RM issues 1875 to 1878em

All the Royal Mint issues of 1875 - 1878 have a forked tail to the R of FARTHING. This applies to 1875SD (4B and 5B), 1877, and 1878. It does not apply to the 1875LD or any of the Heaton mint issues of this same period.

If you find an 1875 SD ¼d without a forked tail, as quite often found, it is certain to be an altered 1875H and the H has been skilfully obliterated to increase the value of the coin twenty-fold. Be on your guard and check for the forked tail, which the perpetrator of this dastardly ruse clearly did not know about.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
1878 EF £8.50
1878 EF lustre £10.00
Click here to view picture 1878 A/Unc traces of lustre £35.00
Click here to view picture 1878 Unc good lustre £55.00

Note on 1876H

These farthings appear to have the letter G of REG struck over another letter clearly protruding above the cross-stroke of the "G". Following this note in 1998 and building on information suggested by one collector, interim results can be summarised:

Numbers quoted represent the number of coins so far examined:

With no trace of an underlying letter under the G

35 x 1874H coins (includes 10 x G/sideways G, 3 x 4/7, 1 x Proof, 1 x 4/4, 20 x ordinary.)

3 x 1875H Obverse 3 (5 Berries)

12 x 1875 LD

11 x 1875 SD 5B (includes 5 x 7/7 type)

1 x 1878 (see below)

With an underlying letter under the G

45 x 1875H Obverse 5 (4 Berries, - Normal)

9 x 1875 SD 4B (includes 3 x 7/7 type)

20 x 1876H

1 x 1877 Bronze Proof 28 x 1878 (see above)

We leave it for a collector to try and rationalise all the above information.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
1875 Large Date. Near VF £14.00
Click here to view picture 1875 Large Date. GVF/VF, rare £42.00
Click here to view picture 1875 Small Date. 5 Berries. Fine, very rare £30.00
1875H RF.G type. Near EF £10.00
1875H RF.G type. Striking flaw on edge otherwise GEF lustre traces £14.00
Click here to view picture 1875H RF.G type. Unc traces of lustre £35.00
1875H REG type. Near EF £12.00
1875H REG type. EF lustre £15.00
1875H REG type. GEF lustre £18.00
Click here to view picture 1875H REG type. A/Unc lustre £20.00
Click here to view picture 1875H REG type. A/Unc good lustre £34.00
Click here to view picture 1875H REG type. Slipped 5 in date..... much lower than usual. Slightly porous flan and weakly struck. BU Full Lustre. (Close up shown in scan.) Sold
Click here to view picture 1875H REG type. 7 over a much lower 7 in the date. Unc good lustre, rare. (Close-up in scan) Sold
Click here to view picture 1875H REG type. Unc good lustre £40.00
Click here to view picture 1875H REG type. Unc good lustre £40.00
Click here to view picture 1875H REG type. Unc good lustre £40.00
1874H GVF £10.00
Click here to view picture 1874H A/Unc traces of lustre £30.00
Click here to view picture 1874H Weakly struck otherwise Unc good lustre, obverse better with almost full lustre £45.00
1873 Higher set 3 in date (Normal). EF £6.00
1873 Higher set 3 in date (Normal). Unc, much lustre but patchy £9.50
1873 Higher set 3 in date (Normal). Unc lustre £14.00
1873 NEW Higher set 3 in date (Normal). Unc good lustre £20.00
Click here to view picture 1873 Higher set 3 in date (Normal). BU Almost Full Lustre £40.00
Click here to view picture 1873 Higher set 3 in date (Normal). BU Full Lustre, light toning.
(Spink 2017 Cat value UNC £110)
£60.00
Click here to view picture 1873 Higher set 3 in date (Normal). BU Full Lustre £75.00
1873 NEW Lower set 3 in date (Scarcer). Unc good lustre £21.00
Click here to view picture 1873 Lower set 3 in date (Scarcer). BU Almost Full Lustre £40.00
Click here to view picture 1873 Lower set 3 in date (Scarcer). BU Full Lustre, light toning £60.00
1872 VF, scarce £8.00
1869 Near VF £12.00
Click here to view picture 1869 EF some lustre, minor nick £30.00
Click here to view picture 1869 EF/GEF, rare £42.00
Click here to view picture 1869 EF/GEF trace of lustre, rare £45.00
Click here to view picture 1869 GEF, rare £50.00
1868 EF £15.00
Click here to view picture 1868 A/Unc trace of lustre £40.00

Note on 1866

Two varieties for this year:

A) Figures 66 in date wide apart, using same spacing as for the other figures in the date.

B) Figures 66 close together, very noticeably so when compared to the rest of the date.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
1866 Type A (66 wide apart). Near EF £14.00
1866 Type A (66 wide apart). EF/NEF £17.00
1866 Type A (66 wide apart). GEF, some marks £18.00
Click here to view picture 1866 Type A (66 wide apart). A/Unc trace of lustre £40.00
Click here to view picture 1866 Type A (66 wide apart). Unc lustre £50.00
Click here to view picture 1866 Type A (66 wide apart). BU Almost Full Lustre £95.00
Click here to view picture 1865 Large, fat 8. GEF surface marks £20.00
Click here to view picture 1865 Large, fat 8. GEF, hints of lustre on both sides. £48.00
Click here to view picture 1865/2 5 over 2 in the date. Unc toned, very rare £95.00
Click here to view picture 1865/2 5 over 2 in the date. A/Unc traces of lustre £95.00
Click here to view picture 1865/2 5 over 2 in the date. Unc good lustre or better. Very rare in this grade. Sold
Click here to view picture 1865/2 5 over 2 in the date. Unc good lustre £150.00
Click here to view picture 1864 Serif 4 (rare). Bold GVF £20.00
Click here to view picture 1864 Serif 4 (rare). Mint Error, double struck. Fine
Slabbed by NGC
£75.00
Click here to view picture 1863 Without raised dot (normal), very rare. GVF some pitting £20.00
Click here to view picture 1863 Without raised dot (normal), very rare. EF £125.00
Click here to view picture 1863 Without raised dot (normal), very rare. A/Unc lustre £225.00
Click here to view picture 1863 Without raised dot (normal), very rare. Unc with a hint of lustre £275.00
Click here to view picture 1863 With raised dot below lighthouse, even rarer.. Near VF, extremely rare, some pitting on reverse. £65.00
Click here to view picture 1863 With raised dot below lighthouse, even rarer.. This variety looks quite deliberate and not accidental. GVF, some marks. £150.00
Click here to view picture 1863 With raised dot below lighthouse, even rarer.. EF, very rare £245.00
Click here to view picture 1863 With raised dot below lighthouse, even rarer.. GEF, good lustre £325.00
1862 Small thin 8 in date (normal). Near EF £7.00
1862 Small thin 8 in date (normal). Near EF/EF £8.00
1862 Small thin 8 in date (normal). EF £9.00
Click here to view picture 1862 Small thin 8 in date (normal). Unc traces of lustre £20.00
Click here to view picture 1862 Small thin 8 in date (normal). Unc good lustre or better £25.00
Click here to view picture 1861 5 Berries. Unc traces of lustre £30.00
Click here to view picture 1861 4 Berries. GEF traces of lustre £38.00
1860 Toothed Border. 5 Berries. VF £2.75
Click here to view picture 1860 Toothed Border. 5 Berries. Unc lustre £30.00
1860 Toothed Border. 4 Berries. VF £2.50
1860 Toothed Border. 4 Berries. GEF £15.00
1860 Toothed Border. 4 Berries. GEF trace of lustre £17.00
1860 Toothed Border. 4 Berries. GEF lustre £17.00
1860 Toothed Border. 4 Berries. A/Unc £18.00
1860 Toothed Border. 4 Berries. A/Unc lustre £19.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Toothed Border. 4 Berries. Unc with a hint of lustre £20.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Toothed Border. 4 Berries. Unc lustre £25.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Toothed Border. 4 Berries. Unc good lustre £35.00
1860 Beaded Border (rare). Near VF £8.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Beaded Border (rare). GEF £20.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Beaded Border (rare). GEF £20.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Beaded Border (rare). Unc traces of lustre £24.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Beaded Border (rare). Unc traces of lustre £24.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Beaded Border (rare). Unc Lustre £30.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Beaded Border (rare). Unc Lustre £30.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Beaded Border (rare). Unc good lustre/Unc traces of lustre
Slabbed by NGC MS64 RB
£34.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Beaded Border (rare). Unc good lustre £38.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Mule with TB on the obverse and BB on the reverse. 4 Berries. Near Fine, extremely rare £125.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Mule with TB on the obverse and BB on the reverse. 4 Berries. A mule of two different issues. GEF with a hint of lustre. Extremely rare and one of the classic rarities of the bronze series; few collectors ever see one let alone have the opportunity to own one. Sold
Click here to view picture 1860 Mule with TB on the obverse and BB on the reverse. 4 Berries. VF, extremely rare £395.00
Click here to view picture 1860 Mule with TB on the obverse and BB on the reverse. 5 Berries. Dies 3+A. Unknown to Peck and Freeman. Bold GVF, the finest known and excessively rare.
Mangahas recorded only two known specimens and it was claimed his was the nicest of the two in existance of which his came up for sale in Croydon Coin Auctions in 2005 graded VF+ light surface marks, estimated at £1750.
This is a 3rd specimen.
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