Great Britain Farthing, 1/2 and 1 Penny (Victoria)  1838 to 1860
Great Britain Farthing, 1/2 and 1 Penny (Victoria) 1838 to 1860

Well that's cool, Kim. You have a nice old farthing from Great Britain. The value is strongly dependent on the amount of wear. You say your coin is in average circulated condition, like the one in the picture. But your 'nicks or gouges' description is troubling. That kind of damage always lowers value.

It turns out that half pennie, and pennies from this time period look the same as farthings, only different sizes. We address all three coins on this page. Just to keep things interesting, there are other copper coins with Queen Victoria on the front but with different inscriptions on the back. This page only applies to coins with the BRITANNIAR inscription on the back, along with the seated figure Britannia.

FARTHING: 22 mm diameter
1/2 PENNY: 28 mm diamter
PENNY: 34 mm diameter

Most of these coins carry common dates. There are a few exceptions, which we call *better date* coins.

worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $12
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $200

1842: $100 in average circulated condition
1844: $250
1849: $150
1856: $80
1860: $2500 or more

These are catalog values. Please refer to our Important Terminology link for details about how to interpret them.

worn: $7 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $250

1843: $80 in average circulated condition
1845: $500
1848: $120
1860: $3200

worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $35
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculated: $450

1843: $350 in average circulated condition
1849: $750
1856: $400
1860: $1800

If you want to know more about farthings and related coins, go to It is a great site, sure to get collecting juices flowing in any seasoned or new collector. In fact, we received this note from Colin, proprietor of AboutFarthings:

It may be of interest to the person requesting the information, that an 1838 farthing with a full colon after DEF is a scarcer variety, and is probably worth about 1.5 times the usual price if you can find a variety collector. It is also worth noting that some 1858 farthings have the vertical bar missing in the 5 and are very often mistaken for 1838 farthings.

For serious collectors there are all sorts of varieties and variations of these old coins, some of them worth substantially more than the values we have quoted above. If you are interested, delve into the subject and you may be rewarded handsomely!

CoinQuest thanks AboutFarthings for use of their coin image.

Coin: 1098 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Kim, Sun, 23-Aug-2009 21:46:50 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 22-Aug-2012 01:04:37 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 28-Jul-2016 21:35:34 GMT
Requester description: 1838 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1838 and a young picture of queen victoria... other side...BRITANNIAR: REG: FID: DEF: With a picture of Britania with sheild and trident and below it looks like a clover, an english rose and a thistle
Tags: great britain farthing 1 2 penny cent victoria uk brit brittan brittain england britian britt english britan british brittish peny cents pennys pennies victoriad viktoria victotia vicoria victoriya victor dei god gratia young queen britanniar britainniar reg fid def britania britannia sheild shield trident clover rose thistle gods goddess deus deum deity godess devm deo dom divine dios grattia queens brittannia brtiannia brittania arms coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon thonged thong forks trisul pronged pitchfork fork triton prongs pitch shamrock clovers rosettes rossette roses rosette seated seat woman sceptor scepter stool sit sitted sitting sits femal women lady female feminine fem womans females womens ladys princess ladies sceptrum septer septor sceptre throne chair


I have a 1854 victorian penny, but cannot find any ref. to this particular coin on any lists shown, is this rare?

- bernard
Hi Bernard -- 1854 is a common date. Use the 'common date' values on this page. If it were more valuable, it would show in the 'better date' section. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1835 Victoria Dei Gratia coin, is it a 1/2 penny and would it fall under the common date category for its worth/value? Thank you for your time! - Michele
Victoria started her reign in 1837, so a coin dated 1835 would have William, not Victoria on it. Check the date of your coin. If it is William, click to this page [PRESS HERE] for pictures and values. - CoinQuest (Paul)

i have 1846 Queen Victoria, Great Britain, coin it is not in the list - prasannarj
If it's not on the list, it falls into the 'common date' category as explained above. - CoinQuest (Todd)

I have three Victorian pennies, one from 1875 and two from 1881, all in worn condition, but they still have some luster to them. What would be the values of all three? Thanks a lot. - Tim
Hey Tim -- click here to check out our page on the later dates. - CoinQuest (Todd)






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