Queen Victoria Veiled Head Farthing 1897

Farthing Details:

  • Diameter : 20mm Weight : 2.7 - 2.9g
  • Mintage - 4,579,800 
  • Value ranges from £1.00 - £60.00 depending on condition and type (Source Collectors Coins GB 2009)

  • 1895 | 1896 | 1897 | 1898 | 1899 | 1900 | 1901


  • Most of all 1897 farthings were chemically darkened, to avoid the being confused for half sovereigns, these were very similar in size.

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Obverse B - Artificially darkened  Reverse 2 - Artificially darkened - High Horizon
Obverse A - Bright Finish  Reverse 1 -Bright Finish - Low Horizon

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Varieties

  • There are 3 known varieties of this coin.

What Happened in 1897?

  • The first ever Rugby League Challenge Cup final is played at Headingley.
  • The Snaefell Mining Disaster occurs in the Isle of Man
  • Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, is published.
    Queen Victoria celebrates her Diamond Jubilee.
  • The play Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, premieres in Paris.