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Jamaica Farthing, Penny, and 1/2 Penny  1869 to 1963
Jamaica Farthing, Penny, and 1/2 Penny 1869 to 1963

A farthing is one-quarter of a penny. It is the smallest denomination in the old British monetary system. Farthings, half pennies, and pennies were minted for Jamaica for quite a long period -- from 1880 to 1952. They changed the King or Queen, of course, as with all British coins, and sometimes the details of the shield on the back changed slightly. The composition changed from copper-nickel to nickel-brass in 1937.

As to value, the older the coin, the more value it carries. The Queen Victoria coins are the oldest. Here are typical catalog values which apply to all dates in the series:

FARTHING VICTORIA 1880 to 1900
worn: $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $50
farthings dated 1891 are somewhat more rare, double these values

FARTHING EDWARD 1902 to 1910
worn: $3 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $5
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $50

FARTHING GEORGE 1914 to 1934
worn: $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $35
farthings dated 1914 are somewhat more rare, double these values

FARTHING GEORGE 1937 to 1952
worn: less than $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $12

HALF PENNY VICTORIA 1869 to 1900
worn: $2 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $5
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $60
half pennies dated 1887 are somewhat more rare, double these values

HALF PENNY EDWARD 1902 to 1910
worn: $2 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $5
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $50

HALF PENNY GEORGE 1914 to 1934
worn: $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $40
1/2 pennies dated 1914 are somewhat more rare, double these values

HALF PENNY GEORGE 1937 to 1952
worn: less than $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $10

HALF PENNY ELIZABETH 1955 to 1969
worn: less than $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $2

PENNY VICTORIA 1869 to 1900
worn: $4 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $150
pennies dated 1882 are more rare, double these values
pennies dated before 1880 are more common, divide these values by 2

PENNY EDWARD 1902 to 1910
worn: $2 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $50
pennies dated 1904 are more rare, triple these values

PENNY GEORGE 1914 to 1934
worn: $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $45
pennies dated 1914 and 1916 are somewhat more rare, double these values

PENNY GEORGE 1937 to 1952
worn: less than $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $10

PENNY ELIZABETH 1955 to 1969
worn: less than $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $2

As with most CoinQuest appraisals, the numbers shown are catalog values for regular coins, not proof coins. (Proofs are special coins minted solely for collectors.) If you can find a proof coin, these can be quite valuable, exceeding $100. Use our Terminology page to convert inflated catalog values to actual values.

Coin: 4588 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: clb, Wed, 23-Jun-2010 04:20:40 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Sun, 13-Jan-2013 03:29:07 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 31-Dec-2014 23:16:44 GMT
Requester description: 1894 Victoria Queen 1894 on front with device left-facing queen Jamaica Farthing on obverse with shield in center
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