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  • 1/2 Farthing 1839-1856, KM# 738, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Victoria
  • 1/2 Farthing 1839-1856, KM# 738, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Victoria

Originally struck for use in Ceylon but from 1842 were made legal tender in the UK until demonetization at the end of 1869.

Victoria (1819–1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father's three elder brothers had all died, leaving no surviving legitimate children. Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840. Their nine children married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the sobriquet "the grandmother of Europe". Her reign of 63 years and seven months is known as the Victorian era and was longer than that of any of her predecessors. It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire.


Left-facing uncrowned portrait of Queen Victoria with ribbons in her hair. The portrait is taken from the dies of the Maundy twopence.

VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIARUM REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Victoria, by the Grace of God, of the Britains Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: William Wyon



The value surmounted by St Edward's Crown. Underneath the date is a rose, thistle, and shamrock.

St Edward's Crown is one of the oldest Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom and the centrepiece of the coronation regalia. Named after Edward the Confessor, it has traditionally been used to crown English and British monarchs at their coronation ceremonies. The current version was made for the coronation of Charles II in 1661.



1/2 Farthing

1st portrait
KM# 738 Sp# 3951
Material Copper
Weight 2.4 g
Diameter 18 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Royal Mint

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