Antique Queen Victoria Britannia Groat 1854 Sterling Silver 4 Four Pence Coin Pendant Charm with Chain/Necklace


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Antique Queen Victoria Britannia Groat 1854 Sterling Silver 4 Four Pence Coin Pendant Charm with Chain/Necklace
Britannia groats have a seated figure of Britannia and the words FOUR PENCE. Queen Victoria

Approximately 16mm

This is a very rare setting for this coin dating back to 1854. The silver chain is small, approximately 12 inches. Perhaps for a child, or as a collectible for a doll. The casing of the cabochon is very detailed with a fine silver rope accent and nine (9) studs, almost resembling a nautical wheel. The glass over both sides of the coin is bezeled and very thick. My photos do not do it justice! The two photos in black and white were found on the internet; not my piece, but a clearer representation of the coin, both sides.
In 1836 a new design of groat was issued for circulation. It's diameter was the same as for the silver threepence of the time, namely 16mm, but it was thicker and had a milled edge. It weighed 1.9g.
In fact this coin was never commonly referred to as a groat. The phrase 'fourpenny bit' was usual, but the coin was also known as a Joey after the MP Joseph Hume, who campaigned for its introduction. I believe his reasoning was that the hansom cab fare was fourpence, and the coin therefore did not require the change that a sixpence did. This was not popular with the cab drivers as often they had been given the twopence change from a sixpence as a tip!
Instead of a crowned figure 4 the reverse has a representation of Britannia, thus the term Britannia Groat. It was issued regularly until 1855, when it dropped out of use in the UK because of confusion with the 3d which started to be issued for general circulation in 1845.

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