British & English Copper Coin collecting

George II Farthings

George II Farthings

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George ii

 Name: King George II
Full Name: George Augustus
Born: October 30, 1683 at Herrenhausen, Hanover
Parents: George I and Sophia Dorothea
Relation to Elizabeth II: 5th great-grandfather
House of: Hanover
Ascended to the throne: June 11, 1727 aged 43 years
Crowned: October 11, 1727 at Westminster Abbey
Married: Caroline, daughter of Margrave of Brandenburg
Children: Four sons and five daughters
Died: October 25, 1760 at Kensington Palace, aged 76 years, 11 months, and 25 days
Buried at: Westminster
Reigned for: 33 years, 4 months, and 15 days
Succeeded by: his grandson George III

George II was born in Hanover the son of George I and Sophia of Celle. He married Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach in 1705 an attractive and intelligent women, and they had 9 children. George died on 25 October 1760. Frederick had died in 1751, leaving George’s grandson to inherit the throne.

 

George II Farthings are plenty full in lower and mid grades but as always they become rarer as the grade increases and expensive. The reverse die of Britannia is the same reverse that was used on his farthers ( George I ) coinage, the obverse ( young head ) was also by John Croker the older head was engraved by John Sigisman Tanner a German the same as Croker.

A lot of this coinage was melted down by criminals to make counterfeit coins or Evasion as the Georgians called them they were smaller light in weight and often crude in design but still many have survived to make us collectors happy with plenty of varieties to find. Some genuinely rare coins to look out for on this series are 1732 2 over Halfpenny size 2, 1734 no stops obverse and 1734 triple tie bands, 1736 A over I 1736 6 over 0, 1739 9 over 5 and 1739 I over E.

As for grade ! there are a fair few collectors who will not entertain any coin unless its at least Extremely fine or in a plastic box with a hologram on , i assume there are many holes in there collection unless of course there well off and the coins are available. My advise is to buy the best you can afford except for rare pieces, i do honestly appreciate they can stand out like a sore thumb compared to the higher grade examples most collectors try to acquire but a permanent hole in ones collection is surely worse.

Some rare George II coins to look out for among others are GIIF543.  1754  4 over 0  & GIIF46.  1746 V over U  & GIIF394. 1739 I over E in REX   & GIIF343.  1734 Triple tie bands & GIIF3612. 1736 6 over 0 in date  also GIIF33. 1733  3 over 0   lastly  GIIF321.  1732 2 over halfpenny size 2 & halfpenny size 2 over angled 3.  there are more as always and as the years pass more will come to light, but until then these will have to do.

Weight and size tolerance are 4.5-5.3 grams & 22-23 mm Rev alignment is down normal issue, any coin out of these tolerances would be considered desirable, significantly out of these tolerances would be extremely desirable. These above parameters are from C peck & the British museum, i completely agree with the weight but the size can be up to 1 millimeter more in my opinion.

 


YOUNG HEAD

 

1730 Farthings.

 

GIIF30  1730 Normal issue   Farthing weighs 4.25 grams & 23.5 mm in size. This farthing was probably found in a muddy stream as the surfaces suggest, farthing grades bold very fine.

 

 

GIIF301   1730 thin flan  slightly wavy flan. Farthing weighs 3.1 grams & 22.75mm in size, thin or over weight coins can turn up on any date, considerably thin or heavy pieces would be extremely rare and most desirable for any collector. Farthing grades fair and has worn evenly till later in its life..

 

GIIF302  Large flan with R over B in REX & R over Angled R Farthing weighs 4.97 grams & 24.5 mm in size. Really quite an oddity which even has a forth possibility of a datel 1 & 3 error, most suspect. Its the sort of coin one spots yet another oddity when under examination.

For some reason i have a gut feeling the B is over the R in REX, another example will prove all ? Farthing grades an about problem free good fair.

 

 

 


 

1731 Farthings.  

 

GIIF31    1731 normal issue  Farthing weighs 4.7 grams & 24 mm in size, an attractive tone with a full flan. Farthing grades reverse good very fine / obverse very fine.

 

GIIF311  1731 die leak in Britannia  Farthing grades 4.57 grams & 23 mm in size. Farthing grades reverse good fine / obverse good fine.

 


 

1732 Farthings. 

 

GIIF32.   1732 Normal issue  Farthing weighs 4.4 grams & 24mm in size,  probably the scarcer date of the young head issue. Farthing grades reverse fine / obverse nearly very fine.

 

GIIF321.  1732 2 over halfpenny size 2 & halfpenny size 2 over angled 3  Farthing weighs 4.43 grams & 24 mm in size. This the forth i have seen, Collin Cooke’s example was the best by far. I have looked at this coin many times under a powerful glass and it does look like there’s an angled 3 position at the bottom and middle of the smaller 2. Please see the pictures attached on the link. An extremely rare coin, farthing grades fine.

 

GIIF321A. 1732 2 over halfpenny size 2 & halfpenny size 2 over angled 3. Farthing weighs 4.96 grams & 23.5 mm in size. This example just the 5th example seen to date, Colin Cooke`s was the best by far number 414. Its more than likely a 3 or ever a 1  under all the numbers, both these numbers have a bottom that twists to the left.

Also looking very closely at the B in Britannia it looks possible that underneath there’s a twisted B or R as there’s faint evidence to suggest so, ive marked where to look on the picture in question, other wise a super problem free farthing grading reverse good fine and obverse nearly very fine with errors super clear.

 

GIIF322.  1732 2 over 1 in date  Farthing weighs 3.62 grams & 23mm, ive seen 2 possibly 1 or 2 more but none were conclusive. Number 2`s in this issue are reliably wiry but this 2 is full with a very upright feel about it. Extremely rare and on a thin flan, grades good fair.

 

GIIF323.  1732 possibly no stop after REX high 2 in date  Farthing weighs 4.95 grams & almost 24mm in size, looks like a river find and toning nicely. Grades reverse nearly very fine / obverse very fine.

 

GIIF324.  1732 32 over 31 in date  Farthing weighs 4.31 grams & 23mm in size, just 2 seen of this example. The 2`s in this series of farthing coinage are reliably wiry but this 2 fits perfectly over the 1 giving the 2 a fatter top, middle, and bottom, also the 3 in the date can clearly be seen over another 3. A low grade example but a very important find, farthing grades fair or slightly better in places.

 

GIIF325. 1732 3 in date over 3 or 5 or both Farthing weighs 4.35 grams & 24 mm in size. The top 3 does not lay over the under 3 indicating theirs another number present which could possibly be a 5 or another 3. Farthing grades fine and practically problem free with a few die flaws.

 


 

1733 Farthings. 

 

GIIF33. 1733  3 over 0  23mm in size & 4.64 grams in weight. This coin has the classic die flaw between the II of George II, well developed flaws have a full love heart. These often up worn and the over date is impossible to see, often even on high grades examples only the right of the zero is still visible with first off the minting machine examples the most desirable as its these that have the full zero under the the three. A rare farthing with only around 20 seen to date and very rare in higher grades, any full zero examples would be greatly prized. Farthing grades reverse nearly very / obverse very fine.

 

GIIF331. 1733  3 over 0   24mm in size, this coin has the classic die flaw between II of George II well developed flaws have a love heart. A rare farthing with only around 20 seen to date and very rare in higher grades, any full zero examples would be greatly prized. Farthing grades reverse fine + / obverse bold really good fine.

 

GIIF332. 1733  3 over 0  22mm in size & 3.44 grams in weight, this coin has the classic die flaw between II of George II well developed flaws have a love heart, incredibly last N of BRITANNIA over I  or N this is the only one i have ever seen, Unexplainable on this popular well know coin. excessively rare.

 

GIIF333.  1733 R over ? in BRITANNIA  Farthing weighs 4.6 grams & 23mm in size. A Weak center strike with not much circulation, farthing grades reverse bold good fine / obverse very fine or better weak center strike on both sides.

 

GIIF334.   1733 Lower last 3 in date  Farthing weighs 5.0 grams & 24mm in size, rare coin with just 15 seen which turns up more on lower grade examples. Farthing coin grades reverse bold good fine  / obverse nearly very fine.

 

GIIF335.  1733 Last 3 over 3  Farthing weighs 4.3 grams & 23mm in size, rare coin and a mirror image of the George III 1773   Obverse 1  3 over displaced 3 different die  farthing. Only 12-15 seen making it quite rare in my opinion. Farthing grades reverse nearly very fine / obverse very fine.

 

GIIF336.  1733 Last N of Britannia over higher angled N  Farthing weighs 4.71 grams & 23mm in size, this is the seconded example i have seen. Cooke number 411, i assume rare at least. Farthing grades reverse about fine / obverse good fine with weak striking areas but clear fields.

 

GIIF337. 1733 outward stress lines on legends due to no striking collar. A different die to GIIF33, in fact its 1733 over 1730. Farthing weighs grams & mm in size. All George II farthing were struck with out the use of a striking collar yet only some show signs of outward stress lines, this farthing was struck very hard probably to achieve a superior strike yet the center still suffers from un struck area’s hence the gritty surface. Farthing grades reverse nearly extremely fine / obverse very fine, with ! as often some un struck area`s.

 

GIIF338. 1733 Quite a low 33 in the date. Farthing weighs 4.84 grams & 23 mm in size. Hardly the find of the year but another collectible variety. about fine with a weakly struck head of Britannia.

 

GIIF339. 1733 Long Ribbons & Triple entered 3 Farthing weighs 4..88 grams & 23 mm in size. The last 3 is lower with the first entered ( original ) 3 being in line with the first 3. Notice the long tie ribbons on George, the original tie ribbons are still present under the longer tie ribbons.

BMC No 858 & Cooke No 417 are long thin ribbons but this example has far longer ribbons with the original ribbons underneath, though sadly not as good grade as theirs. Farthing grades nearly fine and probably quite rare.

 


 

1734 Farthings.  

 

GIIF34.  1734 Large 4 in date  Club hand on spear ( die flaw ) double date except number 4. Farthing weighs 4.7 grams & 23mm in size, 1734 is probably the second scarcest date 1732 being the scarcer. Farthing grades reverse fine / obverse good fine.

 

 

GIIF341. 1734 No stops Obverse Farthing weighs 4.76 grams & 23.5 mm in size. Much rarer than books suggest which is fairly common as most books copy each other. This is an earlier strike and a weakly struck one at that, the T & R have not yet leaked, also the B will eventually round over ( The example two below here ) taking on the form of a D. A good specimen with good metal apart from the small corrosion spot, farthing grades really good fine +.

 

 

GIIF341A. 1734 No stops Obverse  Farthing weighs 5.41 grams ( slightly over weight ) & 22.5 mm in size, much rarer than books suggest it took me some years to acquire an example. Rare coin and very rare in high grades with just few seen to date. Farthing grades reverse bold fine / obverse good fine.

 

 

GIIF341B 1734 No Stops Obverse Farthing weighs 4.31 grams & 22.75 mm in size. A much later example with the T & R now leaking onto the farthings field, the B interesting has now formed over into a D look letter with die feel. A interesting evolution of a die from beginning till end game.

Grade wise this farthing has does have patchy areas, otherwise it grades around fine, and is very important. 1734 no stops farthings are really quite tricky to acquire, they rarely turn up especially better than fine but with a die that ran about from beginning till end and it may turn up in any of the above states, possibly even more dramatic than this one.

 

 

GIIF342. 1734 Triple tie bands  Farthing weighs 4.77 grams & 23.75mm in size, this is the first 1734 example i have seen with triple tie bands which is normally associated with the 1736 farthing. Extremely rare farthing which grades nearly fine.

 

 

GIIF343.  1734 Triple tie bands  Farthing weighs 4.89 grams & 24mm in size, this is the second 1734 example i have seen with triple tie bands. This triple tie bands must surely have been over looked and i wonder which other dates it may exists on. As with the 1736 type the die must have moved slightly when being prepared though i cant remember seeing any other areas double struck. Even on close examination there’s no die match at all with the 1736 triple tie bands, the two dies are completely separate to each other. Farthing grades about fine.

 

 

GIIF344.  1734 No reverse stop ? & thinnish flan Farthing weighs 3.78 grams & 23.5mm in size, this coin being the only example of no stop reverse i have seen on this 1734 date. The flan thickness is 0.5 or 0.6 of a mm and is practically hammered coinage thin. Reverse field is a little glaggy and a better example is needed to be sure but the obverse filed is clear. Farthing grades practically fine.

 

 

GIIF345.  1734 I in Britanna over V along with R over H & B over ?  Farthing weighs 4.57 grams & 23.75 mm in size. Im blown away this has never been mention anywhere, its difficult to believe theirs no mention as it stands out a mile.

There for it must be excessively rare, please see the picture of this quite extraordinary farthing. Farthing grades a problem free about fine with over letters most clear.

 

 

GII346.  1734 I over lower I in II Farthing weighs 5.26 grams & 24 mm in size. Hardly the find of the century but never the less it does obviously stick out, i have seen a Halfpenny similar except there was an additional I. Farthing grams nearly very fine with what seems to be old cleaning, but re-toning nicely.

 

 


 

1735 Farthings. 

 

GIIF35.  1735 double entered date   Farthing weighs 3.85 grams, there are some letters also double struck on the reverse. The re-punched date is so poorly executed as if no real attempt was made to disguise the re-punch. A rare farthing with such a poorly struck date. Farthing grades a happy fair.

 

GIIF351.  1735 Normal issue  Farthing grades 4.7 grams & 23mm in size, reverse has full beading and grades reverse very fine + / obverse good very fine.

 

GIIF352.  1735 3 over 5 or 3 looks like an extra 5 in date  Type 1. Cooke number 400 & BMC number 863, farthing weighs 4.28  grams & 22.5 mm in size. Very rare farthing in higher grades, and rarely seen with this exergue die flaw or extra last number, farthing  grades fine.

 

GIIF353.  1735  3 over 5 or 3  Type 1. Farthing weighs 4.30 grams & 23mm in size, the well known die flaw above Britannia’s head is very apparent. Cooke number 400 & BMC number 863, very rare in higher grades, farthing grades fine.

 

GIIF354. 1735  3 over 5 or 3  Type 1. A heavy 5.56 grams & 23mm in size, the well known die flaw above Britannia’s head is very apparent. Cooke number 400 & BMC number 863, farthing grades good fair

 

GIIF355. 1735  5 over 3 over 3 Type 2 Farthing weighs 5.28 grams  & 22.5 mm in size, rarer than the above type 1 and extremely rare in higher grades, easier to miss this type 2 as no die flaw is present. Farthing grades Reverse bold good fine / Obverse Nearly very fine or better.

 

GIIF356. 1735  5 over 3 over 3 Type 2  Farthing weighs 5.00 grams &  24 mm in size, very rare in higher grades with available far less than type 1. Farthing grades fine.

 

GIIF357.  1735 3 over 5 in date Type 3 Farthing weighs 4.34 grams & 24 mm in size Originally sold by the farthing specialist as 3 over 5 along with the below example. This type 3 is Extremely rare and seldom seen for sale, just the small compact style of the date is striking and unusual on this date.

Farthing grades good very fine + with weak areas and some minor flecks of luster here and there.

 

GIIF358.  1735 3 over 5 in date Type 3 Farthing weighs 4.70 grams & 23 mm in size. Originally sold by the farthing specialist as 3 over 6 along with the above example but they are the same coin as wear on a coin can deceive, the thin wiry center to the left has joined making it look like a 6 underneath the 3.

There`s also minor brockage under the 2nd N in Britannia as in die flaws to look for such as GIIF352, 3 & 4.  This farthing grades good fair and is a different style of 3 over 5 than the other 2 examples from the above list, i have listed this 3 over 5 error in order of rarity 352, 3 & 4 first then 355 & 6 lastly 357 & 358.

 

GIIIF359.   1735 5 over higher 5 noticeably, with all date numerals re-punched.  Farthings weighs 5.34 grams & 22.5 mm in size. This type of 5 over higher 5 is reasonably rare in higher grades, once worn the over date becomes smudged and makes a certain identification some what tricky. Not a bad example for this type, with the obverse die in desperate need of re-cut letters, noticeably the R`s.

Farthing grades nearly very fine with minor marks here and there..

 

 

 


 

1736 Farthing. 

THE FIRST TWO ENTRIES HAVE BEEN LEFT IN THIS LIST PRIOR TO THE THIRD EXAMPLE GIIF36B COMING TO LIGHT TO HELP KEEP THINGS IN CONTEXT. THIS WOULD BE THE GENERAL RULE THOUGH OUT THESE PAGES ON WWW.FARTHINGS & HALFPENNY ERRORS.COM 

GIIF36.   1736 6 over Allegedly ‘6 over inverted 5 or 6  ?   P. W. Lawrence So said or reported, not sure about this one. This farthing seems to always have a die flaw in various stages of wear, possibly an early example with out die flaws could well show up the 6 over 5. Farthing weighs 4.97 grams & 23mm in size with just 15 seen this could well be rare if proved genuine in the future. Farthing grades reverse bold good fine / reverse almost nearly very fine.

 

 

GIIF36A.   1736 6 over Allegedly ‘6 over inverted 5 or 6 ?   P. W. Lawrence So said or reported, not sure about this one. This farthing seems to always have a die flaw in various stages of wear, possibly an early example with out die flaws could well show up the 6 over 5.  Farthing weighs 4.78 grams & 24mm in size with just 15 seen this could well be rare if proved genuine in the future. Farthing grades reverse fine / obverse nearly fine.

 

 

GIIF36B.  1736 6 over Allegedly ‘6 over inverted 5 or 6 probably 5 in date   This example could well help as it may be 6 over 5 and not 6 over inverted 5 or 6 P. W. Lawrence So said or reported. The close up pictures were extremely difficult to take but i got there in the end.

Farthing weighs 4.68 grams & 24.25 mm in size so certainly towards the larger size flan, farthing grades fine and looks quite possible to be 6 over 5.

 

 

GIIF361 1736 A over I in BRITANNIA and triple entered 3  This coin has various stages of die flaws including a cracked date, lolly pop O as i say and raised lines in the coins field. A very rare coin and extremely rare in higher grades, high grade examples seldom turn up for sale. Farthing weighs 5.05 grams & 23.5 mm in size with just 12 seen to date, Cooke number 396 there no British museum number i know of. Note the characteristic die flaw running through the date and Britannia’s head, die flaws vary pending the advancement of die disintegration. Farthing grades reverse nearly very fine / obverse very fine.

 

 

GIIF361A.  1736 A over I in BRITANNIA and triple entered 3  This coin has various stages of die flaws including a cracked date, lolly pop O as i say and raised lines in the coins field. A very rare coin and extremely rare in higher grades, high grade examples seldom turn up for sale. Farthing weighs 4.87 & grams 23mm in size with just 12 seen to date, Cooke number 396 there no British museum number i know of. Note the characteristic die flaw running through the date and Britannia’s head, die flaws vary pending the advancement of die disintegration. Farthing grades bold good fine.

 

 

GIIF361B.  1736 A over I in BRITANNIA and triple entered 3   This coin has various stages of die flaws including a cracked date, lolly pop O as i say and raised lines in the coins field. A very rare coin and extremely rare in higher grades, high grade examples seldom turn up for sale. Farthing weighs 4.65 grams & 23.5 mm in size with just 12 seen to date, Cooke number 396 there no British museum number i know of. Note the characteristic die flaw running through the date and Britannia’s head, die flaws vary pending the advancement of die disintegration.Farthing grades bold good fair.

 

 

GIIF36C. 1736 A over I in BRITANNIA with well developed die flaws. This example has lost the triple entered 3`s and has developed all the die flaws associated with this die type in full. This reverse also has a new flaw running though the TA & N of Britannia.

The above GIIF361A examples reverse only has one die flaw which is in the Right reverse field, just under the second I in Britannia and is an early strike of this die. This example is a later strike probably towards the end of this dies service life, even the A over I is looking a little tired  now. Farthing grades a problem free fine.

 

GIIF36D. 1736 A over I in BRITANNIA Farthing weighs 4.82 grams & 22.75 mm in size. Flaws almost as well developed as the above example GIIF36C, the above has a line running though the entire date, this example doesn’t quite run though the 17 in the date. I’m yet to find one that’s absolutely shot though, this farthing grades a problem free fine.

 

 

GIF362. 1736 Large S in GEORGIVS  Farthing weighs 4.84 grams 23.75 & mm in size, farthing grades overall good very fine.

 

 

GIIF363. 1736  Triple tie bands  Farthing weighs 4.94 grams & 23.5 mm in size, a very rare coin Cooke number 395 & BMC number 865. Farthing grades good fine.

 

 

GIIF364. 1736  Triple tie bands Farthing weighs 5.17 grams & nearly 24 mm in size, a very rare coin Cooke number 395 & BMC number 865. Farthing grades nearly very fine.

 

 

GIIF365. 1736 Triple tie bands  Farthing weighs 5.06 grams & 23 mm in size, a very rare coin Cooke number 395 & BMC number 865. Farthing grades good fine.

 

 

GIIF366. 1736 6 over 0 & 1 over higher 1 in date  ( TYPE 2  6 over 0 ) Farthing weighs 4.64 grams & 23.5 mm in size. More than likely B over R in BRITANNIA with obverse A, The 1 over 1 & 6 over 0 are clear to see. This example is probably overall the best i have at the moment, a very rare coin in this grade. Farthing grades reverse almost nearly very fine / obverse very fine or better.

 

 

GIIF367. 1736 6 over 0 & 1 over higher 1 in date  ( TYPE 2  6 over 0 ) Possibly B over R in BRITANNIA with obverse B, a different obverse die to above example. Farthing weighs 4.87 grams & 23.5 mm in size, rare coin and very rare in higher grades, farthing grades fine.

 

 

GIIF368  1736 6 over 0 & 1 over higher 1 in date  ( TYPE 2  6 over 0 )  Farthing weighs 5.33 grams & 23.5 mm in size Possibly B over R in BRITANNIA with obverse A, a different obverse die to above example and the same as GIIF368. On some examples its also clear to see the 6 over 0, a very important coin which grades reverse fine / obverse almost nearly very fine with reverse showing a large grainy flat un-struck area.

 

GIIF369.  1736  Widely spaced date  Cooke 394 BMC 864 4.95 grams 23 mm. This is my first George II farthing brought from J welsh grades nearly very fine back in the day, coin grades reverse Bold good fine / reverse almost nearly very fine.

 

 

GIIF3610.  1736 Large S in GEORGIVS  Farthing weighs 4.42 & 23.50 mm in size. Large S in GEORGIVS is quite common, farthing grades reverse about very fine / obverse very fine.

 

 

GIIF3611.  1736 large 36 in date  Farthing weighs 5.22 grams & 23.5 mm in size. Large 36 or small 17 in date and quite scarce, im unsure to how many ive seen. Farthing grades nearly very fine.

 

 

GIIF3612.  1736 with wider date & large T also 6 over 0 or displaced 6 in date  ( TYPE 1  6 over 0 ) Farthing weighs 4.85 grams & 24mm in size. This die must have survived well and has was used for no doubt thousands of 1736 reverses, but very few have survived with the original over date. Ive seen just 4 or 5 with the original 0 or possibly 6 as this can not be rule out. The coin below shares the same die with no sign of an over date yet has a brockage with T over T.

Quite remarkable how all this came to be, and with more examples that come to light a complete birth and death history of this die can be followed. Displaced six or a zero is hard to say but its quite possible its 6 over a very displaced 6 but the exergue would almost merge with the top of the first 6 the weaker of the two 6`s. But im going for 6 over 0, as it just has all the credentials as the halfpenny of the same date does. Extremely rare and an amazing find for such a common date. Coin grades reverse good fine / obverse about very fine with some scratches.

 

 

GIIF3613. 1736 with wider date & large T over smaller T  ( TYPE 1  6 over 0 ) with brockage after Rex. Farthing weighs 5.00 grams & 23.5 mm in size, only 11 seen with This T over T and brockage but there’s no trace at all of the 6 over 0 or displaced 6 its very strange as both reverse and obverse are the same as above coin. It can only be wear this die has clashed and be touched up over time, farthing grades reverse good fine + / obverse almost nearly very fine.

 

 

GIIF3614. 1736 with wider date & large T over small T  ( TYPE 1  6 over 0 ) with brockage after Rex. Farthing weighs 4.50 grams & 23mm in size, with This T over T and brockage but there’s no trace at all of the 6 over 0 or displaced 6 its very strange as both reverse and obverse are the same as coin GIIF3611. It can only be wear this die has clashed and be touched up over time, farthing grades about fine.

 

 

GIIF3615. 1736 B in Britannia looks like a D Farthing weighs 4.81 grams & 23.25mm in size, farthing grades fine.

 

 

GIIF3616.  1736 3 over 3 or 5 in date probably 5  Farthing weighs 4.72 grams & 23 mm in size. 3 oddities do turn mainly on 1733 & 1735 but very rarely on a 1736. It maybe a 3 underneath but whats certain is the top 3 does not sit that well, i believe it a 5 because the top has a typical point with the thin slender middle hidden by the 3 and the lower bottom right is the perfect size for a 5. Farthing grades good fair with an extremely weak center strike leaving the 7 almost un-struck.

 

 

GIIF3616A. 1736 3 over 3 or 5 in date probably 5  Farthing weighs 4.52 grams & 23 mm in size. Same as above example. This clearer specimen does prove its a five but on closer inspection theirs two flat lines or ( tonque`s ) as i call the protruding from the center left of the three confirming it is 3 over 3 over 5 or i suppose its possible a 5 punch could have been used accidentally in a different order like 3 over 5 over 3.

A good example and proving from the above specimen it is possible to come to an about conclusion from a lesser piece. Farthing grades really good problem free fair with good metal.

 

 

GIIF3617.  1736 R over B in REX & 3 over 3 in date Farthing weighs 5.12 grams & 23 mm. The 1736 date is quite common with many die variants, just the various date arrangements would be a challenged to collect in its self. This is the first example ive noticed so as for rarity im counting the die variants as time passes so i can give a constructive and accurate classification of rarity,and its certainly a good idea to check your own collection.

Taking into consideration when checking any coin the dies may well have been mix up and we know for certain just from this collection that dies obverse or reverse can be scraped for what ever reason whilst the reverse or obverse die stays in service, for instance William III farthings  W3F015 W3F09 share the same reverse but not obverse also the two below 1736 6 0ver 0, so this obverse with R over B could turn up with a different date arrangement thus diverting ones attention and regrettably missing the error.

 

 

GIIF3618.  1736  6 over  0 & 1 over 1 in date  Farthing ( TYPE 3  6 over 0 )  weighs 4.81 grams & 23.5 mm in size. This example is type 3 the 6 over 0 is not easy to see but high powered magnification helps to see this really quite crafty over date, it also shows the faintest horizontal stick protruding from the lower B in Britannia, which in earlier references only appeared on type 2.

I cant think of one large dated 1730 farthing, they were all small date and easier to over date than any other year. This example has a gritty center reverse strike along with some brockage under the wording GEORGE and grades nearly very fine.

 

 

GIIF3619. 1736  6 over  0  & 1 over 1 in date  Farthing ( TYPE 2  6 over 0 ) weighs 4.61 grams & 23.5 mm in size. This example shows the 6 over 0 in better clarity along with 1 over 1, it also shows the faintest horizontal stick protruding from the B in Britannia which in earlier reference to this farthing looked potentially like B over R.  Farthing grades strong good fine with 1 &  6 over 1 & 0 very clearly.

 

GIIF3620. 1736 36 over 30 in date Farthing ( TYPE 4  6 over 0 ) weighs 4.89 grams & 22.5  mm in size. This example is the forth type i have manage to acquire, the number 3 & 6 have been re-entered  just a tad to the right leaving just enough visible to identify, it was the roundness of the six that caught my attention and along time to capturing the picture ! which was worth it.

The obverse comprises of a large S with almost no tie bands ( progressive die wear ) present, apart from the reverse corrosion this farthing grades nearly very fine. And with many similarities to the same year halfpenny, a most important find.

 

GIIF3621. 1736 36 over 30 in date  Farthing ( TYPE 5 6 over 0 ) weighs 5.02 grams & 23 mm in size. This example is the fifth type i have manage to acquire and just like the above type four example i struggled to capture the over date. After what seemed endless failure i down loaded an magnifier app which sorted it out.

Its probably logical to say type one is the most commonly encountered though ive seen very few type ones in higher grades, never the less an important find an now there’s five different types cataloged for reference. Farthing grades a problem free good fair.

 

 

GIIF3622. 1736 6 over 0 in date Probably TYPE 6` 6 over 0  Farthing Weighs 4.34 & 23.75 mm in size. Slightly thin in appearance and identical to the below example, the circumference of the 6 does suggest an underline 0, if the missing right curve of the six were to be replaced this would leave the roundness of the six distorted and over sized, thus pointing to 6 over 0.

A better example would help, but for now this will do. Farthing grades fair and has a different obverse to  the below  GIIF3622A example..

 

 

GIIF3622A 1736 6 over 0 in date Probably TYPE 6` 6 over 0 Farthing Weighs 4.65 & 22.75 mm in size. This example has a different obverse but does share the same reverse, there is a tiny die flaw in front of the Britannia’s index finger and the T. This flaws indicating from its wear that this dies slightly more worn than the above reverse example, thus the six has lost its extra roundness and`s looking more uniform & standard.

I certainly will be looking out for an earlier example of this reverse die, with possibly a different obverse. Farthing grades about fine with some minor brockage under GEORGE on this second Obverse type.

 

GIIF3623. 1736 R over B & B over R in BRITANNIA Farthing weighs 4.93 grams & 22.75 mm in size. Well disguised, but with to many inconsistencies to go un-noticed. The foot of the R is just visible in the pictures which ive highlighted, on newer struck coins from this younger die the R & B flip flop will be stronger and easier to see.

Its also worth noting the O in GEORGIVS has been entered at a slight angle giving the appearance of a much thicker O. An extremely rare farthing in this attractive condition with clear reflective field, farthing grades good very fine.

 

 

 

 

 


 

1737 Farthings.  

 

GIIF37.  1737 Large Date Obverse A Reverse A    Farthing weighs 4.93 grams & 23mm in size, rare coin very rare in higher grades Oxford number 239 & BMC number 876 . With only 20 +  seen to date makes this a rare coin though admittedly most that turn up are no better than fine. Farthing grades good very fine.

 

GIIF371. 1737 Large date Obverse B Reverse B  Farthing weighs 4.86 grams & 23.75 mm in size, rare coin and very rare in higher grades Cooke number 392 & BMC number 876. With only 21 +  seen to date makes this a rare coin though admittedly most that turn up are no better than fine. Farthings grades fine.

 

GIIF371A. 1737 Large date obverse B Reverse B with date & legends now fading  Farthing weighs 5.14 grams & 24.25 mm in size. Legends on reverse now blocked and breaking up with the date fading, the obverse side doesn’t  have long before the same fate awaits. Farthing grades a problem free nearly very fine.

 

GIIF372.  1737 Large date Obverse C Reverse C   Baseball cap on BRITANNIA,S head, farthing weighs 4.6 grams & 24mm in size. A Rare coin and very rare in higher grades BMC number 876. With only 21 +  seen to date makes this a rare coin though admittedly most that turn up are no better than fine. Farthing grades good fine.

 

GIIF372A.  1737 Large date Obverse C Reverse C Baseball cap on BRITANNIA’S head, farthing weighs 4.45 grams & 23.5 mm in size. A Rare coin and very rare in higher grades BMC number 876. With only 21 +  seen to date makes this a rare coin though admittedly most that turn up are no better than fine. Farthing grades reverse fine / obverse fine or slightly better.

 

GII372A1. 1737 Large date Obverse C Reverse C  No baseball cap BRITANNIA,S head 4.59 grams 23.5mm. rare coin and very rare in higher grades BMC number 876. With only 20 +  seen to date makes this a rare coin though admittedly most that turn up are no better than fine. Farthing almost fine.

 

GII372B. 1737 Large date Obverse A Reverse B  Farthing weighs 5.07 grams & 23.5mm in size, this combination die is very rare probably rarer with this and the example below the only two specimens i have seen or at least noticed, this farthing grades over all fine.

 

GII372B1. 1737 Large date Obverse A Reverse B Farthing weighs 5.01 grams & 23.5 mm in size, this combination die is extremely rare with this and the example above the only two specimens i have seen or at least noticed, this farthing grades reverse good very fine with usual weak center strike / obverse nearly very fine with much weakness and old surface corrosion on both sides.

 

GII373. 1737 large date Obverse D Reverse B Farthing weighs 4.24 grams & 23.5 mm in size. Finding a forth obverse was really quite exciting, someone back then was determine to get as much uses as possible from this scarcer large date farthing series.

The difference is as follows. The first G in GEORGIVS is lower with EOR straight, the second G in GEORGIVS is straight with IVS straight, lastly both II are straight. These findings are significant enough to except these variation as obverse D. Not only reverse D but the mixing of reverse dies, farthing grades good fair.

 

GII373A. 1737 large date Obverse D Reverse A Farthing weighs 4.63 grams & 23.5 mm in size. Finding a forth obverse was really quite exciting, someone back then was determine to get as much uses as possible from this scarcer large date farthing series.

The difference is as follows. The first G in GEORGIVS is lower with EOR straight, the second G in GEORGIVS is straight with IVS straight, lastly both II are straight. These findings are significant enough to except these variation as obverse D. Not only reverse D but the mixing of reverse dies, farthing grades good fair.

 

GIIF373.  1737 small up hill date 1 over 1   Farthing weighs 5.14 grams & 23.5 mm in size. A scarce coin and rare in higher grades. Farthing grades very fine.

 

GIIF374.  1737 7 over lower 7  Slight up hill date farthing weighs 5.08 grams & 23 mm in size. Very rare coin and seldom seen for sale, sometimes referred to as a long 7 on worn examples. Just 9 or so seen, farthing grades good very fine probably better with a weak center strike as often the case.

 

GIIF375. 1737 3 over 3 or 5   Farthing weighs 5.05 grams & 23.5 mm in size, quite a rare coin and very rare in higher grades. With only 20 or so seen to date this farthing well worth looking out for. Farthing grades reverse fine / obverse fine or better.

 

GIIF376. 1737 small date wide numerals  spray of leaves level with first N of BRITANNIA  4.94 grams 23mm.

 


 

 

1739 Farthings.   

 

 

 

GIIF39.  1739 normal issue  Farthing weighs 5.0 grams & 24mm rare in higher grades Cooke 382 BMC 869 ( many  ) seen. Coin grades nearly extremely fine.

 

 

 

GIIF391. 1739 no stops obverse ?  Farthing weighs 4.3 grams & 24mm very rare coin ( 1 ) seen. This coin grades reverse fine + / obverse really good fine +.

 

 

 

GIIF392. 1739 Large flan  Farthing weighs  4.7 grams & 24.5 mm in size rare coin ( 1 ) seen. Coin grades fine.

 

 

 

GIIF393.  1739 9 over 5  Farthing weighs 4.9 grams & 23mm Extremely rare coin. Cooke 383 BMC 868 ( 10 ) seen, this coin grades nearly very fine.

 

 

 

GIIF394. 1739 I over E in REX   Farthing weighs 4.80 grams & 23.5mm Quit possibly this was done to improve a very worn E punch/die, this i known to have happen before E over R 1856 farthing  QVF561   / W3F001 E over I or what more than likely I over E and GIIH3410. George II halfpenny 1734 V over V in Georgivs all to improve a certain letter in the coins legend. Very rare at least, probably extremely rare, this coin grades reverse fine / obverse good fine.

 

 

 

GIIF395. 1739 Possibly No reverse stop Worn First N in Britannia. Farthing weighs grams 4.34 & almost 24 mm in size, no doubt die fill as there’s more than enough room. Farthing does appears thin due to its size, farthing grades fair..

 

 

 

GIIF396. 1739 Worn First N in Britannia. Farthing weighs 4.21 grams & 22.5  mm in size, no doubt die fill as there’s more than enough room for the N. Farthing grades fair..

 

 

 

GIIF397. 1739 No stop reverse Farthing Farthing weighs 5.00 grams & is 22.5 mm in size. Is this really a new find,  it probably is because. Theirs no trace at all of a stop, nor even the faintness ghost or silhouette. George II farthings are very reliable for stops and make easy spotting for collectors. Farthing grades reverse fine / obverse really good fine.

 

 

GIIF398. 1739 No Stop Reveres Farthing weighs 4.79 grams & 24 mm in size. This farthing is exactly the same as the above example, its also an excellent example with super clear fields. Super clear example and completely problem free farthing which grades nearly very fine with the reverse slightly less.

 

 

GIIF398. 1739 Side ways 0 in Georgivs  Farthing weighs 4.60 & is 22.75 mm in size. Undoubtedly 100% un-genuine though i was quite excited to begin with as it did look to be genuine. In better condition it would have been easier and quicker to accutane how and why.

Theirs a circular punch mark between the T & A in BRITANNIA which has pushed though onto the obverse and perfectly raised and stretched the o in GEORGIVS. Farthing grades nearly fair with rough surfaces.


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1741 Farthings. 

 

 

GIIF41. 1741 Small letters   And the only year like this 4.9 grams & 23mm in size probably the Scarcest year on this issue, rare and very rare in high grades. Cooke 380 BMC 885 ( 50+ ) seen coin grades about extremely fine.

 


 

1744 Farthings.  

GIIF44.  1744 BRTITANNIA in Reverse legend  Farthing weighs 5.0 grams & 24 mm in size, Cooke number 374 & BMC number 890. This coin grades reverse really good very fine / obverse nearly extremely fine.

 

GIIF441.  1744 G of George over O ?  Farthing weighs 4.51 grams & 23m mm in size, extremely rare if genuine coin grades reverse nearly fine / obverse good fair.

 

GIFF442.  1744 Last 4 over 45`c 4 first i have seen Farthing weighs 4.8 grams & 23.5 mm in size ( 1 ) seen Extremely rare. Photo to follow when found in my boxes.

 


 

1746 Farthings.  

 

GIIF46.  1746 V over U  Farthing weighs 5.3 grams & 23mm very clear error of this recycled die & extremely rare in any grade. This farthing has been struck from reverse die A and obverse die A, Cooke number 378 & BMC number 888, ive only seen 9 examples of this V over U farthing. Farthing grades reverse bold good fine / obverse nearly very fine.

 

GIIF46A. 1746 V over U different  die to above. Farthing weighs 4.45 grams & 23 mm in size. The right side of the V over U can still be seen, this farthing has been struck from reverse die B and obverse die B. Dies B is certainly a major rarity as dies A will be found most cases, but now the existence of more than one die changes the dynamics of reference.

As for how many i have seen its impossible to say as i never expected extra dies in the equation and failed to look carefully enough, but the 1746 V over U i have seen since this finding have always matched the above example GIIF46, British museum number 888 & of course Colin Cooke 378.  Farthing grades reverse fine with circulation marks / obverse bold fine.

 

GIIF461. 1746  Max weight  Farthing weighs 5.36 grams & 23 mm in size.  Cooke number 377 & BMC number 887, farthing grades reverse nearly very fine / obverse good very fine.

 

GIIF462.  1746  Normal  issue  Farthing weighs 4.78 grams & 23 mm in size Cooke number 377 & BMC number 887, farthing grades extremely fine.

 

GIIF463.  1746 V over U with a different reverse to above examples. Farthing weighs 4.22 grams & 23 mm in size. This example has reverse C & obverse B which proves yet again dies were mixed as and when there partner die could not continue in service. Farthing grades fair with V over U now worn into a bowing U, extremely rare and a very important little coin.

 

GIIF464. 1746 V over U with a different obverse & reverse to above examples Farthing weighs 4.65 grams & 22.5 mm in size This examples has reverse & obverse dies D. Its quite probable that most of the 1744 dies or at least good ones were recycled, this will explain why they turn up struck from different dies. Farthing grades fine with granular surfaces.

 


 

1749 Farthings.

 

GIIF49. 1749 Heaver flan  Nearly 5.4 grams & 24mm scarce date and rare in higher grades regardless of a heaver larger coin. Cooke number 376 & BMC number 889, farthing grades reverse good extremely fine / obverse nearly uncirculated with usual flat areas.

 

GIIF491. 1749 UnBarred A in last A of BRITANNIA  Farthing weighs 4.6 grams  & 23 mm in size. This second issue of farthings is very reliable with stops and  A` s being barred unlike other monarchs coinage. Extremely rare with only 4 seen, farthing grades reverse fine / obverse about fine.  The 4th example i saw sold on an internet Auction site for $550.00 it was nearly uncirculated, bargain.

GIIF492. 1749 Normal issue Farthing weighs 5.1 grams & 24mm in size, farthing grades reverse practically very fine / obverse very fine.

 

GIIF493.  1749 9 over twisted 9 or probably 6 Farthing weighs 4.95 grams & 23 mm in size. Ive only seen 8 examples of this coin, farthing grades good fine.

 

GIIF493A. 1749 9 over twisted 9 or probably 6 Farthing weighs 4.95 grams & 23 mm in size. Just 8 seen of this odd farthing, a very interesting coin and is probably a case of recycling rather than human error. Farthing grades almost very fine.

 

GIIF497B. 1749 9 over probably 6 Farthing weighs 5.00 grams & 23 mm in size. Just 8 seen of this 9 over 6 or twisted 9, farthing grades reverse good fine / obverse fine with error is very clear

 

GIIF494.  1749  9 over twisted 4 at 45 degrees with advanced larger die flaw Farthing weighs 4.82 grams & 23 mm in size. With only 4 seen makes this farthing extremely rare, farthing  grades reverse fine / obverse good fine.

 

GIIF495.  1749 Unbarred last A in Britannia Farthing weighs 4.72 grams & 23.5 mm in size. An excessively rare farthing with only 3 examples seen to date, farthing grades good fine.

 

GIIF496.  1749  9 over twisted 4 at 45 degrees with no die flaw Different obverse die than above GIIF494, Farthing weighs 4.82 grams & 23.73 mm in size, extremely rare farthing with only 4 seen to date. Farthing grades a problem free fine.

 

GIIF497.  1749 9 over twisted 4 at 45 degrees with small die flaw Farthing weighs 4.85 grams & 23.5 mm in size same obverse as GIIF494. An early strike as the die flaw is still quite small but showing super clarity of this particularly difficult coin to find. Farthing grades a strong fine.

 

GIIF498.  1749 9 over twisted 9 or probably 6 Farthing weighs 4.73 grams & 24 mm in size, a good example of this very rare farthing. Farthing grades reverse very fine / obverse nearly very fine.

 

GIIF499. 1749 Double struck legends  Farthing weighs 4.15 grams & 22 mm in size I thought this was a counterfeit when first encountered, it seems to be more double struck on the left. Farthing grades fair.


 

1750 Farthings.  

 

GIIF50. 1750 Normal issue   Farthing weighs 4.9 grams 24mm in size, a scarce date and Cooke number 374 & BMC number 890. Farthing grades reverse almost very fine / good very fine.

 


 

1754 Farthings.  

 

GIIF54.  1754 Small narrow date  With beautiful proof like surfaces, certainly desirable in this attractive grades and condition. Farthing weighs 4.77 grams & 24 mm in size with a full round beaded flan. Narrow date farthing vary in size as some are more narrow than others various, i`d say the tighter or least spaces in the date the more desirable. Ive Seen very few narrow dated farthings, somewhere around 10-12 over the years. Farthing grades a problem free extremely fine.

 

GIIF541.  1754 Large narrow date  Farthing weighs 5.19 grams & 23.75 mm in size. Quite a large narrow spaced date, as above the narrower the date the more desirable the coin, there’s not a sole recorded or well documented example or examples of any wide or narrow dated 1754 farthings, im afraid common sense must be used when classifying these coins. Rare at least with just 14 spotted over the years. Farthing grades Good very fine and is my first 1754 George II farthing. .

 

GIIF542.  1754  4 over 0   Farthing weighs 4.34 & grams 23 mm in size. The 9 examples i have seen over the years most were mid to low grades, Colin Cooke’s example 373 was superior. A very rare farthing and extremely rare in high grades. Cooke number 373 & BMC number 891. Coin grades reverse fine / obverse bold good fine.

 

GIIF543.  1754  4 over 0  Farthing weighs 4.42 grams & 23 mm in size. The 9 examples i have seen over the years most were mid to low grades, Colin Cooke’s example 373 was superior. A very rare coin and extremely rare in high grades. Cooke number 373 & BMC number 891. Coin grades reverse nearly fine / obverse fine.

 

GIIF544. 1754 Large flan  Farthing weighs 4.96 grams & 24.50 mm in size, these farthing start to become rarer on larger flans. There are bigger 1754 farthing in this collection, farthing grades good fine.

 

GIIF545.  1754 Normal issue Farthing weighs 4.84 grams & 23.75 mm in size. 1754 farthings are very common less the oddities of course, but 1754 halfpennies are quite scarce and rare in high grades. Farthing grades about uncirculated.

 

GIIF546.  1754 Large flan  All most an inch in size, farthing weighs 4.32 grams & 24.75 mm in size. These farthing start to become rarer on larger flans, farthing grades nearly fine.

 

GIIF547.  1754 Stop between date  Farthing weighs 4.6 grams & 23mm in size. Quite worn but scarce at least, grades good fair.

 

GIIF548.  1754 4 over 4 in date  Farthing weighs 4.82 grams & 23mm in size. This example is the only 4 over 4 of this type i have seen, probably quite rare and different to below example. Farthing grades reverse fine or better / obverse about fine.

 

GIIF549.  1754 4 over 4 in date  Farthing weighs 5.08 grams & 23mm in size, very rare in this grade and different to above example, again this example is the second example ive seen of this type. Farthing grades about extremely fine.

 

GIIF5410.  1754 4 over 0 in date   Farthing weighs 5.18 grams & 24mm in size. The 9 examples i have seen over the years most were mid to low grades, Colin Cooke’s example 373 was superior. A very rare coin and extremely rare in high grades. Farthing grades fine with a super clear error.

 

GIIF5411.  1754 Super large flan   Farthing weighs 5.05 grams & 26.5 mm in size. I have never seen or herd of a bigger farthing this coin is truly a titan, the weight is correct for this issue but im sure it weighed a little more when first struck. Extremely rare and the biggest farthing of any year or monarch ive seen or herd of. Farthing grades bold fine.

 

GIIF5412. 1754 1,7,5,4 over 1,7,5,4 creating a very large date Farthing weighs 3.73 grams & 22.5 mm in size. This obverse die has been re-cut/re-punched and as a result has given the appearance of a large date. Farthing grades a problem free fair and is unusual to say the least.

 

GIIF5413. 1754  low 4 in date & slightly high 5  Farthing weighs 4.77 grams & 23.5 mm in size. Its easy to see how GIIF548 / 549 came to be when looking at the 4 of this coin. No doubt a weak strike as subdued luster is still present in places. Farthing grades nearly very fine.

 

GIIF5414.  1754 Stretched date and legends due to the lack of a collar Farthing weighs 4.82 grams & 23. 5 mm in size. A good example of not using a collar in the striking process of these farthings. Farthing grades overall very fine.

 

GIIF541.  1754 4 over 4 in date  Farthing weighs 4.83 grams & 23.5 mm in size and the same as GIIF549 but a later strike. Rare in high grades, farthing grades reverse very fine / obverse good very fine.

 

GIIF541. 1754 Large flan Farthing weighs 4.19 grams & practically 26 mm in size. Not entirely a round with a slight miss-shapen flan. Due to the overall size of the farthing it will have a thin flan.

Farthing grades reverse fine & obverse practically very fine.