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Great Britain Farthings  1672 to 1724
Great Britain Farthings 1672 to 1724

Look at the fully uncirculated farthing in the picture. It's gorgeous. It comes from our favorite web site about farthings, AboutFarthings.com.

Coins with dates between 1672 and 1724 bear portraits of the various British monarchs, but all have BRITANNIA on the reverse side. She looks a bit spiffier in our modern rendition than she does on these old copper farthings.

Some farthings were made of tin and silver, and some copper coins, pennies and half pennies, have similar designs but are larger than a farthing (farthings generally run 22 mm in diameter, see below). As a further complication, 1/3 and 1/2 farthings were also issued with similar patterns. This page presents a high-level listing of copper farthings and their approximate catalog values. If you want detailed information on all farthings and related coinage, the best place is AboutFarthings.com. Our catalog values below must be adjusted according to the concepts of our Terminology page.

CHARLES (CAROLVS) II 1672 to 1679 (22 mm diameter)
worn: $35 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $350
well preserved: $1000

WILLIAM AND MARY 1694 (22 mm diameter)
worn: $40 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $400
well preserved: $1200

WILLIAM (GVLIELMVS) III 1695 to 1700 (22 mm diameter)
worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $200
well preserved: $1000

ANNE (ANNA DEI GRATIA) 1714 (20 mm diameter)
worn: $125 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $750
well preserved: $1400

GEORGE (GEORGIVS) 1717 to 1724 (22 mm diameter)
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $150
well preserved: $700
coins dated 1717 are more rare; multiply these values by two

Contemporary counterfeits are common for the more valuable pieces. Jacob's coin with King George on both sides is an obvious fake.

Be sure to check our Important Terminology link to gain an understanding of what the 'catalog values' quoted above mean.

CoinQuest thanks AboutFarthings for use of their coin photo.

Coin: 2003 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Jacob Osby, Mon, 23-Nov-2009 03:22:38 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 29-Mar-2014 02:51:33 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 16-Mar-2016 15:38:26 GMT
Requester description: 1768 King George on the front and back
Tags: great britain farthings farthing britaain uk brit brittan brittrex brittain england britian britt english britan british britsh britanniarun brilt brittish king george front kings rois konigreich konigin geroge stgeorge glorgivs georgius georgvs georgeivs georgious giorgi geroges geogius georg geogivs georgian geor gearge georgivis georgium georger georgia georgvis goerg georgevs georgivs britannia throne chair seat stool seated

Comments

What a great & informative site. I have now what old coin I have found.
I now know it is a farthing, Georg IVS 1722. Thank you.
Hopefully now I can sell it to someone who appreciates such things from the past. - Mark reid
Glad to hear it, Mark! Thanks for the kind words. - CoinQuest (Todd)

  

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