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OLD ONE PENNY COIN - 1d - QUEEN VICTORIA = 1865

£4.00

OLD ONE PENNY COIN - 1d - QUEEN VICTORIA = 1865

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CONDITION: UNCLEANED, WORN THROUGH USAGE BUT DATE VISIBLE

The penny of Queen Victoria (1837–1901) is one of the most intricate denominations of British coinage, with most of the varieties emerging after the switch from copper to bronze coinage in 1860. Between 1839 and 1860, the penny was made of 18.8 grams of copper and was 34 millimetres in diameter. From 1860 onwards, bronze was used instead — the bronze penny weighed ⅓ oz (9.4 grams) and was 31 millimetres in diameter. Just three portraits of the Queen were used on the penny in the whole of her reign, the Young Head (used from 1838 to 1859, with rare copper issues from 1860 - the 60 is struck over 59), designed by William Wyon (who died in 1851), whose eldest son Leonard Charles Wyon (1826–91) designed the bronze coinage of 1860 with the second ("bun") head (1860-1894 with scarce issues of the farthing in 1895), and finally the Old Head (or "veiled head") designed by Thomas Brock which was used on the penny from 1895 to 1901. Unlike the silver coinage, the Jubilee Head was not used on the bronze coins.

DCB Antique code: NA841/2 (V 1d /1865)

 

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