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British Victorian Copper Coins All Look the Same (or do they?)!
There is a problem identifying Victorian (and for that matter just about any pre-Victorian monarch's) copper coinage, as pointed out in another thread I started a short time ago. There is no denomination indicated on copper farthings, halfpennies and pennies. That finally changed in 1860 when the recoinage replaced copper with bronze.
The obvious way to tell these apart is to have
them in hand. The coin masses are approximately proportional to their face
value. Vital statistics are:
The real problem is when an internet auction buyer is presented with a picture and can not tell which coin it is. Here is some information to help you make a proper identification.
First, here are some pictures for comparison. I made all of the images the same size since the point here is to identify the coin, not show the size comparison.
First insure the coin has no denomination, then answer the following questions in order and you will identify the coin:
Posted on CU 4/13/2004