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Brit Tip #8
Check your 1953 farthings for “pointings.”
Well, there are actually six varieties. Six??
We’ll come to what they are later. First, some definitions:
Obverse 1: Cross points to a bead. Poorly
defined features (Figure 1).
The varieties are, in order from most common
The 2 + A combinations are designated “extremely rare.” They exist and have been sold in the past on ebay.
The easy way to remember how to find the rare ones is as follows: if both features (the cross and the “F”) point to a bead or both point between beads, you’re a winner! If not, try again!
I have searched through hundreds of 1953 farthings over the years and have come up with four “1 + B” combinations and no “2 + A” examples.
Posted on CU 8/7/2003