Great Britain 1672 farthing

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1260
GB 1672 farthing rev JElsen 121-1260.jpg
This specimen was lot 1260 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €230 (about US$369 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GRANDE-BRETAGNE, Charles II (1660-1685), Cu farthing, 1672, Droit: B. l. et cuirassé à gauche. Revers: Britannia assise à gauche, tenant une lance et un rameau. Très Beau à Superbe. (Great Britain, Charles II (1660-85), copper farthing of 1672. Obverse: laureate and armored bust to left; reverse: seated Britannia to left, bearing a lance and a shield. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1672-79 and is fairly common in low grade. A later attempt to strike farthings in tin was an ignominious flop.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: KM 436.1, S-3394.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 121, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2014.

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