Is a farthing coin worth anything?

The Farthing (¼d) coin from “fourthing,” was worth one quarter of a Penny. It was minted in Bronze and replaced the earlier Copper Farthings, it was used during the reign of six monarchs: Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Elizabeth II, ceasing to be legal tender in 1960.

How much is a UK farthing worth?

The British farthing ( 14d) coin, from Old English fēorðing, from fēorða, a fourth, was a unit of currency of one quarter of a penny, equivalent to 1960 pound sterling, or 148 shilling. It was minted in copper and later in bronze, and replaced the earlier English farthings.

What is the rarest farthing?

One exceedingly rare type of farthing was minted during the reign of Richard III (1483–1485). The obverse legend around the king’s bust is RICAR DI GRA REX. Only one very rare type of farthing was issued during the reign of King Henry VII (1485–1509), struck at the London mint.

What could you buy for a farthing?

In Victorian times, a farthing could buy three oysters, with bread and butter, from an oyster-seller walking the streets of London. The coin would be enough to purchase a sparrow at a market in London’s East End. In 1859, the Government decided the poor state of the copper coinage demanded its withdrawal.

Are old British coins valuable?

1933 George V penny Arguably the most valuable coin in the UK, with an estimated value of £72,000. Although this was originally created as a pattern coin, which means it is not intended for release into circulation, it is believed seven were issued, making them extraordinarily rare.

When did the farthing cease to be legal?

The farthing gained importance during the Second World War, but never circulated as freely as the halfpenny; minting ceased in 1956 and farthings were demonetised at the end of 1960. The halfpenny survived until decimalisation, ceasing to be legal tender from 31 July 1969.