Queen Victoria Bun Head Farthing 1874

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Obverse 2 R over R in BRITT Reverse 1 Normal Weakly Struck
Obverse ? R over R in BRITT & REG Normal Reverse 3 - A over lower A in FARTHING

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  • There are 7 known varieties of this coin.

What Happened in 1874?

  • Captain James Buchanan Eads finishes the bridge across the Mississippi at St. Louis. Using steel supplied by Andrew Carnegie, Eads incorporates a triple arch design. The construction amazes the engineering world; Eads will be the first American engineer to be awarded the Albert Medal of the Royal Society of Arts in London.
    Hawaii signs a ten year free trade agreement with the USA to give it access to the U.S. sugar market.
    Automatic telegraph linking 4-6 sending/receiving apparata to a single line, invented in France by Jean Maurice Baudot
    Quadruplex technology, which allowed simultaneous transmission of two telegraph messages in each direction is invented by Thomas Alva Edison
    Universal Postal Union formed.