George V Farthings

A largely uneventful series, although there is a rarity to look for in the 1915 mule, and a few varieties in 1911, 1914, and 1918.  Farthings were artificially darkened until 1918 to avoid confusion with the almost identically sized half sovereign.

1935 is the closest the series gets to a key date.


1911
1911 Flat Neck1911 Hollow Neck
Flat Neck & Hollow Neck
1912
1912


1913
1913

1914
1914 Close TT1914 Wide TT
Close TT & Wide TT
1915
1915


1916
1916


1917
1917


1918
1918 Dark1918 Bright
Dark & Bright
1919
1919


1920
1920


1921
1921


1922
1922


Diameter: 20mm,   Weight: 2.8g,   Alloy: Copper: 95%, Tin: 4% Zinc: 1%
1923
1923


1924
1924


1925
1925


1926
1926


1927
1927


1928
1928


1929
1929


1930
1930


1931
1931


1932
1932


1933
1933


1934
1934


1935
1935


1936
1936


Diameter: 20mm,   Weight: 2.8g,   Alloy: Copper: 95.5%, Tin: 3% Zinc: 1.5%


1911

In common with most of the coins of 1911, the farthing comes in Hollow Neck and Flat Neck varieties. The Flat neck is ever so slightly scarcer.

Reverse A

1911 1A+A
Obverse 1A: Hollow Neck

1911 1A+A
Reverse A

1911 1B+A
Obverse 1B: Flat Neck

1911 1B+A

1912

1B+A

1912 1912

1913

1B+A

1913 1913

1914

Reverse A

1914 1B+A
Obverse 1B, close TTs

1914 1B+A

Part way through 1914, the obverse design was changed very slightly in order to combat ghosting, and the two designs can be identified by close examination of the spacing of the Ts in BRITT.  The later design is the Wide TT type.

Both Freeman and Peck classify them as broadly similar in abundance, but disagree on which way around:

  • 1914 Obverse 1B (close), Peck C, Freeman C2
  • 1914 Obverse 2 (far), Peck VC, Freeman C


TTs
Reverse A

1914 2+A
Obverse 2, far TTs

1914 2+A

1915

There is a very scarce type of 1915 farthing that displays the earlier Close TT obverse, almost certainly a mule.

Freeman rates it as R13, between 500 and 1000 examples extant.

The 1915 example shown here is Obverse 2, the common type.

1915 1915

1916

2+A

1916 1916

1917

2+A

1917 1917

1918

2+A

As currency gold was withdrawn, it was no longer necessary to artificially darken farthings to avoid confusion with the Half Sovereign. 1918 farthings, therefore, come with a bright bronze finish as well as the scarcer mint darkened colour as found in previous years.

1918 Dark 1918 Dark
1918 Bright 1918 Bright

1919

2+A

1919 1919

1920

2+A

1920 1920

1921

2+A

1921 1921

1922

2+A

There is a slight change to the alloy from this year, reducing the 4% Tin to 3%, and adding 0.5% to the Copper and Zinc elements.  The new alloy produces a slightly more golden colour and is a little more ductile than the 4% tin alloy, which resulted in a slower consumption of dies.

1922 1922

1923

2+A

1923 1923

1924

2+A

1924 1924

1925

2+A

1925 1925

1926

3+B

The Modified Head is introduced for the Farthing in 1926, and continues all the way to 1936, unlike the other denominations, where it was replaced by the smaller effigy from 1928.

There's a new reverse introduced at this point too, and if you compare the border beads between 1925 and 1926, it's very easy to see.

1926 1926

1927

3+B

1927 1927

1928

3+B

1928 1928

1929

3+B

1929 1929

1930

3+B

1930 1930

1931

3+B

1931 1931

1932

3+B

1932 1932

1933

3+B

1933 1933

1934

3+B

1934 1934

1935

3+B

1935 1935

1936

3+B

1936 1936