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Coin - Groat, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1854 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 1111

Silver coin; Denomination: Groat
Royal Mint, London
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)

A groat is a 4 pence coin. There were two forms of groat, the currency issue like this piece with Britannia on the reverse, and a special piece for the Maundy Thursday ceremonies witht the numeral 4 on the reverse. Although the last circulation groats were struck in 1856 (the threepence coin had become more popular), they remained part of the general currency until 1887.

This groat, like most groats of Queen Victoria in the collection, was collected by George McArthur. All his coins show considerable wear and it is believed that they were collected by him from circulation in Victoria.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 17 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.839 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Royal Mint, London, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), William Wyon, Medallist & Engraver (1795-1851), Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, William Wyon, Medallist (1795-1851), The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1854 AD
Denomination: Groat
Obverse Description: Head of the Queen facing left, ribbon in hair; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Reverse Description: Britannia seated facing right holds trident and rests right hand on shield; around, FOUR PENCE; in exergue, 1854
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM Queen Victoria, England, Great Britain, 1854
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1854
Artist: William Wyon - Royal Mint, London
  1. [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
  2. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
  3. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 3913 Pages


Eva Brubaker Posted on 10 Aug 2013 6:35 AM
Interesting about the groat being 4 pence...I have one 6 pence with Queen Victoria with crown and pearl necklace...minted in 1892. The reverse side shows a wreath and words SIX pence with the crown on top. So I quiz your information that the last groats were struck in 1856, as my clearly shows 1892 SIX pence.
drew Posted on 23 Nov 2013 6:59 PM
That's a sixpence not a groat (four pence)

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