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Auction: 18025 - The Pywell-Phillips Collection of English Milled Silver and Copper Coins
Lot: 955

George V (1910-36), Farthings, first issue (15), 'dark finish (7), 1911-17, bare head left, rev. Britannia seated left, about uncirculated to choice uncirculated (26)

The process of artificially darkening Farthings ended once the Half-Sovereign ceased to regularly circulate from 1917, although by this time as contemporary newspapers reveal, Bus and Train conductors in particular would often mistake these darkened Farthings for Sixpences (Cambridge Independent Press, 19 November 1915)

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