Queen Victoria Bun Head Farthing 1866

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Obverse A Normal Reverse 5 Fat 8 and 5 over 2

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  • There are 3 known varieties of this coin.

What Happened in 1866?

  • The U.S. Congress approves the minting of a nickel 5-cent coin (nickel), eliminating its predecessor, the half dime, is not completed until 1873 because of pressure from silver mining interests (Walter Breen).
  • Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, third daughter of Queen Victoria, maries Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg.
  • Federalist revolts occur in Argentina.
  • In Sweden, the Riksdag of the Estates is replaced by an elected 2-chamber assembly, the Riksdag.
  • Alfred Nobel invents dynamite in Germany.
  • The Atlantic Cable is successfully completed, allowing transatlantic telegraph communication for the first time.
  • The Metric Act of 1866 becomes law and legalizes the standardization of weights and measures in the United States