Victoria Young Head (Bun) Coinage (1880 - 1895)

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Introduction

In December 1860, copper coinage was replaced by bronze, a change which had already been made in France in 1852. The old copper coins could be handed back up to the end of 1869 at 102% of face value; thereafter, up to July 30th 1873, only at face value. The bronze coins were made of 95% copper, 4% tin (to harden the copper) and 1% zinc (to facilitate good castings).

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
1895 Young Head. Near VF, rare £15.00
Click here to view picture 1895 Young Head. GVF £30.00
Click here to view picture 1895 Young Head. EF £60.00
Click here to view picture 1895 Young Head. GEF with good but streaky lustre £85.00
1894 GEF £18.00

Note on 1893

The Wider Date type, which is common, embraces 14 border teeth from the centre of the 1 to the centre of the 3.

The Closer Spaced Date type embraces 13 teeth and accounts for about 15% of the 1893 issue, though examples in high grade are very elusive.

Note on 1889: As we are frequently asked for this date, perhaps it is worth mentioning here that this date does not exist in the Farthing series.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
1893 Wider Date. A/Unc £12.00
1893 Wider Date. A/Unc trace of lustre £13.00
1893 Wider Date. A/Unc lustre £13.50
1893 Wider Date. Unc traces of lustre £14.00
1893 Wider Date. Unc good lustre, small toning patch £16.00
Click here to view picture 1893 Wider Date. A/Unc nearly full lustre £30.00
Click here to view picture 1893 Wider Date. BU Almost Full Lustre £35.00
Click here to view picture 1893 Wider Date. BU Almost Full Lustre £35.00
Click here to view picture 1893 Closer Date. GVF, rare £30.00
Click here to view picture 1892 GVF £22.00
1891 NVF/VF £2.50
1891 VF £2.75
1891 GVF £3.00
Click here to view picture 1890 Unc good lustre £20.00
Click here to view picture 1890 BU Almost Full Lustre, toned on obverse £30.00
Click here to view picture 1890 BU Almost Full Lustre £45.00
Click here to view picture 1890 BU Full Lustre, some toning spots £50.00
Click here to view picture 1890 Obverse Blazing BU Full Lustre, reverse toned. £50.00
Click here to view picture 1890 BU Full Lustre, lightly toning. £60.00
Click here to view picture 1890 BU Full Lustre, lightly toning. £60.00
Click here to view picture 1887 GEF £20.00
1886 NVF £0.90
1886 GVF £2.00
1886 Near EF £2.25
1886 Unc lustre/Unc lustre traces £8.50
1886 Unc traces of lustre £9.00
1886 Unc lustre £10.00
1886 Unc good lustre/Unc lustre £12.50
1886 Unc good lustre £15.00
Click here to view picture 1886 BU Almost Full Lustre £28.00
1885 Fine £0.60
1885 EF traces of lustre £5.50
Click here to view picture 1885 Choice Unc traces of lustre £20.00
Click here to view picture 1885 Unc lustre £25.00
Click here to view picture 1885 Unc lustre £25.00
1884 GF £1.00
1884 VF £1.50
1884 GVF £2.00
1884 Near EF £2.50
1884 Unc traces of lustre £14.00
1884 Unc good lustre £18.00

Note on 1883

The Broken F type has a gap in the top, horizontal stroke, caused by a broken or damaged die; it accounts for only about 20% of 1883 farthings, so it is quite rare, given that 1883 is a rarer date anyway.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1883 Broken F in FD. Uncirculated with lustre, small indentation on Victoria's neck. £80.00
Click here to view picture 1883 Perfect F in FD. GVF, rare £20.00

Note on 1882H.

Again, the Broken F is seen for this date. However, this time it is the Perfect F which is rarer and occurs in about 25% of the 1882H farthings. Also, it is interesting to note how tiny the H (= Heaton) mintmark is when compared to 1881H or 1874/5/6H coins.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1882H Perfect F in FD. BU Almost Full Lustre, very rare thus. Sold
1882H Broken F in FD. GEF £15.00
1882H Broken F in FD. A/Unc traces of lustre £16.00
Click here to view picture 1882H Broken F in FD. Unc traces of lustre £20.00
Click here to view picture 1882H Broken F in FD. Unc good lustre £25.00
Click here to view picture 1882H Broken F in FD. BU Almost Full Lustre, rare. £50.00
Click here to view picture 1882H Broken F in FD. BU Full Lustre, lightly toning. Rare £65.00
Click here to view picture 1882H Broken F in FD. BU Full Lustre
(Spink 2017 Cat value UNC £110)
£80.00

Note on 1881H:

To view detailed descriptions of the 1881H varieties, including large close-up images for each type, click here.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1881H Type B. A/Unc some lustre on both sides £20.00
Click here to view picture 1881H Type B. BU Almost Full Lustre £45.00

Note on 1881:

Most collectors have difficulty distinguishing between Obverse 7 and Obverse 6. There are several differences but we find the easiest is not to look at the shape of the nose but to look at the nostril.

On Obverse 6 the nostril is a small, deeply-cut, oval, closed at both ends.

On Obverse 7 the nostril is longer and "open" at the right hand end.

This difference is observable in all grades from Fine upwards.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1881 3 Berries. Obverse 6. BU Almost Full Lustre £70.00
Click here to view picture 1881 3 Berries. Obverse 7. A/Unc lustre £24.00
Click here to view picture 1881 3 Berries. Obverse 7. A/Unc lustre £24.00
Click here to view picture 1881 3 Berries. Obverse 7. Unc good lustre. (Photograph includes a close-up of this variety.) Sold
Click here to view picture 1881 3 Berries. Obverse 7. Unc lustre £45.00
Click here to view picture 1881 3 Berries. Obverse 7. BU Almost Full Lustre £70.00
Click here to view picture 1881 4 Berries. BMC 1901A. GF, extremely rare £55.00
Click here to view picture 1881 4 Berries. BMC 1901A. Near VF, extremely rare £80.00
Click here to view picture 1881 4 Berries. NEF/GVF, extremely rare. (Photograph includes a close-up of this variety.) Sold
Click here to view picture 1881 4 Berries. BMC 1901A. Near EF, extremely rare
Ex R. Heseltine
£200.00
Click here to view picture 1881 4 Berries. BMC 1901A. EF, extremely rare £245.00

Note on 1880:

Most 1880 ¼ds have a weakly struck patch on the hair and a dimple centrally on the neck; both are interesting striking faults. (Note: this dimple occurs for quite a number of other dates as well, for example, 1883.)

The second 8 of the date can also be found as an "open-topped" 8.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1880 4 Berries. Closed 8. BU Full Lustre, extremely rare in this condition.
(First in stock in this grade since List 38.)
(Photograph includes a close-up of this variety.)
Sold
Click here to view picture 1880 3 Berries. Closed 8. NVF, extremely rare £65.00
Click here to view picture 1880 3 Berries. Closed 8. Near EF/GVF, extremely rare £150.00
Click here to view picture 1880 3 Berries. Closed 8. Unc good lustre or better, extremely rare. (Photograph includes a close-up of this variety.) Sold

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