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William IV – (1831 – 1837)

Design types are detailed below, once you have identified and noted the relevant “design type” select a date to view specific variety images, die combinations and minor varieties

1831  1834  1835  1836  1837

William IV Farthing & Reign Details

Born: 21st August 1765

Coronation: 8 September 1831

Died: 20th June 1837

Reign: 5yrs 10mths

Farthing Diameter: 22mm

Farthing Thickness: 

Farthing Weight: 4.6 – 4.9g

Farthing Edge: Plain

Obverse Design 1 (1831 – 1837)


William’s head and neck facing right. The engraver’s initials W.W. (William Won) are incuse, and are located below the neck. The legend which reads “GULIELMUS IIII DEI GRATIA:” is around the bust. The legend is an abbreviated translation of “William IV by the grace of God” The border consists of teeth, and the teeth sit inside a narrow raised rim.

Reverse Design A (1831-1835 Only)

Britannia seated facing right, with long flowing robes and scaled breastplate, wearing a plumed helmet. In her raised left hand is a trident, and her right hand rests on an oval shield bearing the crosses of the Union Flag which has the St Andrew’s cross as incuse lines. The legend which reads “BRITANNIAR: REG: FID: DEF:” almost encircles the bust. The legend is an abbreviated translation of “Queen of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith” In exergue is a rose, shamrock and thistle with their stems crossed. The border consists of teeth, and the teeth sit inside a narrow raised rim.

Reverse Design B (1834-1837)

Reworked design as Reverse A, Britannia seated facing right, with long flowing robes and scaled breastplate, wearing a plumed helmet. In her raised left hand is a trident, and her right hand rests on an oval shield bearing the crosses of the Union Flag, which has the St Andrew’s cross as raised lines. The legend which reads “BRITANNIAR: REG: FID: DEF:” almost encircles the bust. The legend is an abbreviated translation of “Queen of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith” In exergue is a rose, shamrock and thistle with their stems crossed. The border consists of teeth, and the teeth sit inside a narrow raised rim.