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Victoria Young Head – (1838 – 1859) – Aboutfarthings

Victoria Young Head – (1838 – 1859)

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

1838  1839  1840  1841  1842  1843  1844  1845

1846  1847  1848  1849  1850  1851  1852  1853

1854  1855  1856  1857  1858  1859  1860  1864

Farthing Diameter : 22mm

Farthing Thickness :

Farthing Weight : 4.5 – 4.9g

Farthing Edge : Plain

Obverse Design 1 (1838 – 1849)


Victoria’s head and neck undraped facing left. The hair is bound with a double ribbon, and gathered behind in a kont with a long loose curl hanging down. The engraver’s initials W.W. (William Wyon) are raised, and are located below the neck. The legend which reads “VICTORIA DEI GRATIA:” almost encircles the bust The legend is an abbreviated translation of “Victoria by the Grace of God” The date is below the bust in numerals. The border consists of teeth, and the teeth sit inside a narrow raised rim.

Obverse Design 2 (1850 – 1853 & 1855)


Reworked design as Obverse 1, Victoria’s head and neck undraped facing left. The head is now slightly larger and repositioned so that the top of the head and the bun are nearer to “RIA DEI GRA” The hair is bound with a double ribbon, and gathered behind in a kont with a long loose curl hanging down. The engraver’s initials W.W. (William Wyon) are raised, and are located below the neck. The legend which reads “VICTORIA DEI GRATIA:” almost encircles the bust The legend is an abbreviated translation of “Victoria by the Grace of God” The date is below the bust in numerals. The border consists of teeth, and the teeth sit inside a narrow raised rim.

Obverse Design 3 (1853 & 1855 – 1859)


Victoria’s head and neck undraped facing left. The hair is bound with a double ribbon, and gathered behind in a kont with a long loose curl hanging down. The engraver’s initials W.W. (William Wyon) are incuse, and are located below the neck. The legend which reads “VICTORIA DEI GRATIA:” almost encircles the bust The legend is an abbreviated translation of “Victoria by the Grace of God” The date is below the bust in numerals. The border consists of teeth, and the teeth sit inside a narrow raised rim.

Reverse Design A (1838 – 1845)


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. 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 identifiers explained here

Reverse Design B (1843 – 1859)


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. 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 identifiers explained here