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Coin - Farthing, Charles II, Great Britain, 1684 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 573

Tin coin with a copper plug; Denomination: Farthing
Royal Mint, London
King Charles II (1660-1685)

In 1684 it was decided to issue the farthing in tin with a copper plug to make forgery difficult. The edge legend, servant of the coinage in Latin, reflects the fact that this was a token coin - the value of metal it contained was less than the current value of the coin. Profit to the state of this production was 40% and it is recorded that part of the reason for the move away from copper was to assist tin mining.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.265 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: 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
Series: England
DateEra: 1684 AD
Denomination: Farthing
Obverse Description: Laureate bust of Charles II wearing armour facing left; around, CAROLVS . A . CAROLO
Reverse Description: Britannia seated facing left on a globe, extending an olive branch and holding a spear, her left hand rests on a shield decorated with the crosses of St. George and St. Andrew; around, BRITANNIA.
Edge Description: In raised letters, NVMMORVM * FAMVLVS * 1684 * (some letters lost to edge corrosion; translation, servant of the coinage)
Shape: Round
Material: Tin
Issued By: King Charles II, England, Great Britain, 1684
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1684

The Royal Mint was in the Tower of London at this time and is usually referred to as the Tower Mint
  1. [Book], C. Peck - British Museum Coins and Medals, English Copper, Tin and Bronze Coins in the British Museum, London, 1970, Peck 532 Pages

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