Victorian Bun Head Farthings

This section has been the most interesting as there are many varieties available and more being found all of the time.


Young Head Farthings | Bun Head Farthings | Veiled Head Farthings


Below are all of the Young Head farthings I have to date, just click on the date to see each coin


1860 | 1861 | 1862 | 1863 | 1864 | 1865 | 1866 | 1867 | 1868 | 1869 | 1872 | 1873 | 1874H | 1875 | 1875H | 1876H | 1878 | 1879 | 1880 | 1881 | 1881H | 1882H | 1883 | 1884 | 1885 | 1886 | 1887 | 1888 | 1890 | 1891 | 1892 | 1893 | 1894 | 1895 |


Farthing Details:

  • Diameter : 20mm Weight : 2.84g
  • Total Weight (all minted coins) 356145.88kg (392.58 short tons)
  • Total Mintage (all years) - 125,403,479

Value ranges from £1.00 - £1400.00 and above depending on condition and type (Source Collectors Coins GB 2009)

Obverse Design:

  • Victoria's bust facing left, abbreviated legend is as follows:
  • VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D:
  • (Victoria by the Grace of God, Queen of Britains, Defender of the Faith)

Reverse Design:

  • Seated Britannia facing right, holding a shield and trident, with the word "FARTHING" above, and the date below.

Hardest dates to collect (Hardest first):

  • 1863, 1895, 1876H, 1892, 1869, 1872 and 1880 (I have all of these)

Dates not produced:

  • 1870, 1871, 1877 and 1889

H below Date:

  • Several dates are found in this series with a "H" below the date (1874, 1875, 1876, 1881 and 1882). These coins were not minted at the Royal mint, but were produced in the Soho mint, Birmingham by Ralph Heaton & Sons.