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Auction: 18025 - The Pywell-Phillips Collection of English Milled Silver and Copper Coins
Lot: 863

Victoria (1837-1901), Halfpennies (7), 1895-1901, old veiled head left, rev. Britannia seated left, date in exergue (Freeman 370; 371/2; 373/4; 375-378; S.3962), additionally, Farthings (7), 1895-1897, as before (Freeman 571-72; 574/5; S.3963), also, "dark finish", similar (Freeman 576-79; S.3964), variable lustre from residual to full, all about uncirculated (14)

From 1897, the Royal Mint began artificially darkening Farthings in response to growing complaints from the public that the usually "bright finish" coins were easily confused with a Half-Sovereign.

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