Victoria 1844 Half Farthing

By The Royal Mint


The first half farthing was in 1828 during the reign of King George IV and was originally produced for circulation in Ceylon and did not become legal tender in Britain until 1842. The early types bore the Britannia reverse, whilst the Victorian half farthing's reverse featured the words 'Half Farthing' with a rose, thistle and shamrock underneath to make it  compatible with the farthing, half penny and penny. The obverse was identical to the size and design of the Maundy four-pence and was designed by William Wyon. A fascinating little coin with an interesting background.