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Great Britain 4 Pence (Groat) with Britannia  1836 to 1888
Great Britain 4 Pence (Groat) with Britannia 1836 to 1888

It would be a fun collecting challenge to assemble a set of nice-looking, low-denomination coins from Great Britain. The denominations are farthing, half penny, 1 pence, or penny, 2 pence, 3 pence, 4 pence, and 6 pence. Twelve pence make a shilling.

Most of the farthings, pennies, and half pennies are made of copper and have Britannia, the British symbol of strength of character, on the reverse side. She looks a little more spiffy in our up-to-date graphic, but Britannia appears on many British coins.

Most of the 2, 3, and 4 pence coins have a large numeral indicating the denomination (see, for instance, this CoinQuest page), but the coins on this page have Britannia on the reverse side.

As usual, a likeness of the reigning British monarch appears on the 'heads' side of the coin, and here is how the catalog values run keyed to the monarch.

GULIELMUS (William IV) 1836 to 1837
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculated: $150

VICTORIA ('young head' portrait) 1838 to 1862
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculated: $140
four pence with britannia dated 1851 are more rare, multiply these values by three
four pence with britannia dated 1852 are more rare, multiply these values by five
four pence with britannia dated 1853 are very rare, multiply these values by ten

VICTORIA ('jubilee head' portrait) 1888
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $75
fully uncirculated: $160

Apply our Important Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

Coin: 13785 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: gina, Tue, 05-Feb-2013 04:19:25 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 06-Feb-2013 23:30:28 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 26-Jan-2015 00:33:03 GMT
Requester description: 1888 victoriaD:G:britanniar: reginaF:D: bust of victoria, soldier sitting on shield holding pitchfork four pence 1888 four pence
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