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Auction: 19006 - British, Indian and Islamic Coins: Autumn Auction
Lot: 503

Victoria (1837-1901), Farthing, 1872, 'die letter' c in exergue, bun head left, rev. Britannia seated right (Peck -; Freeman -; S -), minor rim damage and green patination consistent with soil deposition, otherwise good very fine, unrecorded across the standard reference works, presumed unique

Found Wonston, Hampshire, 2017

Reported to the Royal Mint as a new discovery, wherein confirmed that the 'C' had not been added at a later date, the even patination confirming this conclusion. Records do not exist to explain the appearance of this apparent die letter in exergue, similar to those seen by the lighthouse on 1863 Halfpennies. One hypothesis proposed is that the cessation of minting of Farthings in 1870 and 1871 prompted a rerun of trial dies for 1872, although this is merely speculation.

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