English Farthing

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Date:1841

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English copper farthing, 1841

Diameter 21mm

The obverse features the 'young head' bust of Queen Victoria facing left. The date is below and the inscription reads 'VICTORIA DEI GRATIA'. This is Latin and means 'Victoria By the Grace of God. The reverse features Britannia seated and facing right. She rests her right hand on a shield at her side and carries Poseidon's trident in her left hand. The inscription around the outside reads 'BRITANNIAR: REG:FID:DEF:', Latin, abbreviated meaning 'Queen of the Britains, Defender of the Faith'. The shamrock for Ireland, rose for England and thistle for Scotland are interlaced below the central image.

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Donor ref:LEAMG : M995.1926.254 (66/16789)

Source: Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

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