1928 Farthing – George V


The 1928 Farthing - George V

King George V Bronze Farthing dated 1928. Diameter 20mm, weighs 2.8g. SCBC 4061. This design was used 1926-1936.

The Reverse, by Leonard Charles Wyon, shows Britannia seated with trident and shield.

The edge is plain.

The Obverse, by Edgar Bertram MacKennal, shows the bare head of King George V facing left.

Third-farthings were also minted in 1928 for use in Malta.

Images used by permission of M J Hughes Coins.


Mintage: 11,625,600 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1928 ?
Monarch is King George V. Prime Minister is Stanley Baldwin (Conservative). US President is Calvin Coolidge. John Logie Baird broadcasts a transatlantic television signal from London to New York and later demonstrates the world's first colour TV transmission. Alexander Fleming accidentally rediscovers the antibiotic Penicillin. Voting age for women from 30 to 21. Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Steamboat Willie, the third Mickey Mouse cartoon released, is the first sound film.
George V (1910-1936)
George V was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936 and was King during World War 1. George was the second son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), and grandson of Queen Victoria. After his death he was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII.

In 1919-20, the Silver price rose dramatically so .925 silver coins began to made in 0.500 siver. Gold Sovereigns were produced in large quantities early in George's reign - over 30 million in 1911 and again in 1912, although there was no bullion sovereigns issued 1918-1924 (Commonwealth mints did continue mintage).
General Description: Farthings
The Farthing was a small British coin that was worth one-quarter of an old penny - 1/960th of a Pound. It's name derives from the Anglo-Saxon feorthing or fourthling, meaning fourth part. It was last minted in 1956.

Origins of the English Farthing

Farthings were minted as early as the 13th century under the reign of Edward I, although they may have been minted earlier under Henry III. Early examples are rare. These were small silver coins but they competed with 'cut-coinage' where a penny would be literally cut into four and used as a quarter of a penny. Farthing were minted in silver, copper and tin.

British Farthings

After the Act of the Union in 1707 (which unified England and Scotland), copper farthings were minted on a more regular basis. In 1799 Matthew Boulton started producing farthings in his steam-powered Birmingham factory (famous for making the cartwheel penny and twopence). The reverse was marked '1 FARTHING' which was the first time a denomination had ever appeared on a British or English coin. It was also the first coin to have the date on the same side as the Monarch. Boulton made another batch in 1806 and the Royal Mint took over in 1821. Farthing were made under George IV and William IV and the design was generally that of a small version of a penny, with Britannia on the reverse.

Farthings were minted in most of the years of Victoria's reign. The same obverse dies were used for the copper farthing and the sovereign and probably were used for the gold coin first. Victoria was the only monarch to have two obverses: a 'Bun' head and the Old or 'Veiled' head.

1860: Bronze replaces Copper

By 1860, the government decided to switch from copper to alloys so as to improve the quality of the coinage. Pennies, halfpennies and farthings were struck in bronze, both in Birmingham and at the Royal Mint. Bronze is 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc and this was used with only minor changes until the end of the farthing in 1956.

Farthings continued to be minted almost every year and the design was the same as the penny (with Britannia on the reverse). There was a pattern design for the Edward VIII farthing in 1936 but none were actually made in production.

The Wren and Demonetisation

In 1937 the farthing at long last got it's own unique reverse: a wren, designed by artist Harold Wilson Parker.  By the 1950's inflation had eroded the spending power of the farthing (which was just 1/960th of a Pound) and with it the support of the public waned too. Production was discontinued after 1956 and the coin ceased to be legal tender after 31st December 1960.
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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FARTHING GEORGE V COIN CHOICE OF YEAR 1911 TO 1936
FARTHING GEORGE V COIN CHOICE OF YEAR 1911 TO 1936
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FARTHING COIN CHOICE OF YEAR 1911 TO 1936 GEORGE V
FARTHING COIN CHOICE OF YEAR 1911 TO 1936 GEORGE V
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FARTHING CHOICE OF YEAR / DATE 1911 TO 1936 GEORGE V
FARTHING CHOICE OF YEAR / DATE 1911 TO 1936 GEORGE V
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1911 TO 1936 GEORGE V BRITISH FARTHINGS 1/4d - CHOICE OF YEAR / DATE
1911 TO 1936 GEORGE V BRITISH FARTHINGS 1/4d - CHOICE OF YEAR / DATE
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1928 Farthing Quarter 1/4 Penny Antique Bronze George V Very Nice Grade
1928 Farthing Quarter 1/4 Penny Antique Bronze George V Very Nice Grade
£ 2.49
1928 Farthing George V Coin
1928 Farthing George V Coin
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FARTHING GREAT BRITAIN KING GEORGE V CHOOSE YOUR DATE!     ONE COIN/BUY!
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1928 FARTHING GB UK KING GEORGE V BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIBLE COIN   #WT38535
1928 FARTHING GB UK KING GEORGE V BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIBLE COIN #WT38535
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