1854 Penny – Victoria


The 1854 Penny - Victoria

Queen Victoria Young Head Copper Penny. Diameter 34mm. SCBC 3948.

The Reverse, by William Wyon, shows Britannia seated holding a trident and Union shield. There are a few variations of this, the Trident can be plain or ornate.

There are also 4 over 3 overdates for this year.

The Obverse, also by William Wyon, shows a portrait of Queen Victoria.

Images used by permission of M J Hughes Coins.


Mintage: 6,720,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1854 ?
Monarch is Queen Victoria. Prime Minister is George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen (Coalition). US President is Franklin Pierce (D-New Hampshire). It's the Crimean War; Florence Nightingale and other trained volunteer nurses go to assist; Victory at the the Battle of Balaclava but a disastrous cavalry Charge of the Light Brigade. Alfred Tennyson writes a poem about it and Charles Dickens writes Hard Times. The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) is nearly over.
Victoria (1837-1901)
Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. Victoria ruled for 64 years, a record only recently surpassed by Queen Elizabeth II.
 
Victoria's parents were Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathern, and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She married Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who later became known as Prince Albert. Victoria had nine children, the eldest son succeeding her as Edward VII.


Victoria posed for a number of head portraits, but there are generally three major variants: Young Head (1838-1887) by William Wyon, RA; Jubilee Head (1887-1893) by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm and Old Head (1893-1901) by by Sir Thomas Brock.

General Description: Penny
The Penny is one of the most famous British coins. The coin itself has been around since 600AD and at various times has been struck in silver, copper and bronze. Originally split into halfpennies and farthing, it is now itself the least denomination coin currently in circulation. Made from copper (actually copper plated steel).

Originally there were 12 pennies in one shilling and 240 pennies in £1; since decimalisation in 1973 there are 100 new pence in one pound.

Specifications of the Penny

  • Diameter: (Bronze) 31 mm (since 1860)
  • Edge: Plain
  • Composition:
    • (1707–1796) Silver
    • (1797–1859) Copper
    • (1860–1970) Bronze
  • Years: 1707–1970
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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GB-1854 - PENNY  COPPER COIN - WW - QUEEN VICTORIA -#VC398
GB-1854 - PENNY COPPER COIN - WW - QUEEN VICTORIA -#VC398
£ 15.00
Great Britain One Penny 1854 Victoria Nice Grade Coin  WCA 196
Great Britain One Penny 1854 Victoria Nice Grade Coin WCA 196
£ 54.75
1854 Penny (PT) - Victoria British Copper Coin - Very Nice
1854 Penny (PT) - Victoria British Copper Coin - Very Nice
£ 36.00
VERY HIGH GRADE 1854 BRITISH COPPER PENNY COIN - VICTORIA YOUNG HEAD VF+ #R3
VERY HIGH GRADE 1854 BRITISH COPPER PENNY COIN - VICTORIA YOUNG HEAD VF+ #R3
£ 70.00
1854 Victoria Copper Half Penny 1st Portrait - Ref: HY54-85N
1854 Victoria Copper Half Penny 1st Portrait - Ref: HY54-85N
£ 9.40
Canada, New Brunswick, 1854 Penny Token, Victoria, as shown.
Canada, New Brunswick, 1854 Penny Token, Victoria, as shown.
£ 18.50
GB-1854- HALF PENNY COPPER COIN - QUEEN VICTORIA -#VC380
GB-1854- HALF PENNY COPPER COIN - QUEEN VICTORIA -#VC380
£ 12.99
1854 Victoria One Penny Coin | British Coins | Pennies2Pounds
1854 Victoria One Penny Coin | British Coins | Pennies2Pounds
£ 139.83

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