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Coin - Farthing, George I, Great Britain, 1717 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 714

Copper coin; Denomination: Farthing
Royal Mint, London
King George I (1714-1727), 'Dump' issue

A farthing is a 1/4 penny
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 20 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 4.614 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: coin fathing charles 11
Themes this item is part of: Eugene von Guerard Collection, Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1717 AD
Denomination: Farthing
Obverse Description: Laureate bust of George I (first obverse) in armour facing right; around, GEORGIVS REX (translation: King George)
Reverse Description: Britannia seated facing left holding an olive branch and a spear; resting at right, a shield; around, BRITANNIA.; in exergue, 1717
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: King George I, England, Great Britain, 1717
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1717
  1. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 3661 Pages
  2. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.


Jim Cunningham Posted on 16 Aug 2013 7:13 AM
I'm a little confused by this listing of the King George I Farthing, which gives the minting dates of 1714 to 1727. Those are the dates of his reign; but according to most resources, the 1717 farthing was the first farthing minted during his reign (with the understanding that a farthing and a penny are not the same). What is correct?
Discovery Centre Posted on 25 Sep 2013 3:03 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Jim, apologies for the confusion. We believe that these coins were first minted in 1717 (perhaps extending into 1718) and that the dates 1714-1727 refer to reign of King George I as you suggest. It is perhaps an ambiguity of the web site description. There was also a later minting of slightly different farthings in the years 1719-1724. As you say, most (if not all) sources confirm the view that the first minting of this farthing was in 1717.

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