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Great Britain 1/3, 1/2 and 1 Farthing, and 1/2 Penny  1821 to 1831
Great Britain 1/3, 1/2 and 1 Farthing, and 1/2 Penny 1821 to 1831

Sounds like you have a farthing or similar coin from Great Britain, Steph. These coins all have King George IV on the front and Britannia on the back. You tell them apart by their size:

1/3 FARTHING: 15 mm diameter
1/2 FARTHING: 17 mm
FARTHING: 20 mm
1/2 PENNY: 27 mm
(PENNY: 32 mm)

This page applies to all except the penny. We have a separate page for pennies at this link.

Here are some typical catalog values.

1/3 FARTHING
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $85
fully uncirculated: $225

1/2 FARTHING
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $250
fully uncirculated: $550
Half farthings dated 1830 with a *small date* are scarce - multiply above values by 2.

FARTHING
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $225
Some farthings dated 1823 have an I instead of a 1 in the date (i.e. I823). Such coins are scarce and catalog at $135 average circulated, $450 well preserved.
On some farthings dated 1826, the R in the word 'GRATIA' was corrected from an E. The remnants of the E underneath can still be seen on better coins. Such specimens are scarce and catalog at $125 avg. circulated, $400 well preserved.

1/2 PENNY
worn: $12 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $220
fully uncirculated: $475
Halfpennies dated 1825 are less common and catalog at $65 average circulated, $330 well preserved.

NEVER CLEAN A COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.

If you want to know more about farthings, go to AboutFarthings.com. It is a great site, sure to get collecting juices flowing in any seasoned or new collector. CoinQuest thanks AboutFarthings for use of their coin image.

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Coin: 1177 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: steph, Tue, 01-Sep-2009 02:08:19 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Wed, 22-Aug-2012 00:42:06 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 30-Oct-2016 20:25:37 GMT
Requester description: 1827 typical portrait facing left? wearing leaves on head. bow at back of hair with small pony tail. says 'georgius IV dei gratia' reverse has a seated figure holding a staff with a shield by her side. words are 'brittania rex fid dif' coin seems to be in mint state.
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