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Description

The third farthing was a British coin (1/12 of a penny, 1/2880 of a pound) which was produced in various years between 1827 and 1913.

The coin was produced in 1827 exclusively for use in Malta, but it is considered to be part of the British coinage as at that time Malta was considered more as a part of Britain than a colony. The farthing coin was already in circulation in Malta, as a 3 grani coin, and the third farthing was introduced as 1 grano. A proclamation issued in Malta on 3 November 1827 legalised the new coins, referring to them as British Grains. The cost of living in Malta was lower than in Britain, and it was not considered appropriate to introduce them in Britain.

Obverse

Left-facing uncrowned portrait of Queen Victoria with ribbons in her hair. The portrait is taken from the dies of the Maundy twopence. Date underneath, the first half of royal title around.

VICTORIA DEI GRATIA means Victoria, by the Grace of God.

Engraver: William Wyon

VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
1844

Reverse

Britannia seated facing right wearing a helmet and breastplate with flowing dress; she holds a trident and rests her right hand on a shield which bears the combined crosses of the Union Flag. The remainder of royal title around. A small wreath of plants (shamrock, rose and thistle) underneath.

BRITANNIARUM REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means The Britains Queen, Defender of the Faith.

BRITANNIAR: REG: FID: DEF:

Edge

1/3 Farthing

1st portrait
KM# 743 Sp# 3952
Characteristics
Material Copper
Weight 1.57 g
Diameter 16 mm
Thickness 0.9 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

Related coins

Copper, 1.57 g, ⌀ 16 mm