Queen Victoria Young Head Farthing 1858

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Obverse H - Small date As obverse D but without the repunched 1 (datal figures 5 & 8 closer) This is the only one so far of this type. Reverse 1 - Shamrock head detached
Reverse 2 - Normal

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  • There are 17 known varieties of this coin.

What Happened in 1858?

  • feb 11 - The Virgin Mary appears to St. Bernadette of Lourdes
    mar 19 - |China| Dominent figure in the "Hundred days of Reform" Kang Youwei is born [d.mar 31 1927].
    may 11 - Minnesota becomes the 32nd state in the United States
    jun 16 - Lincoln gives his famous "House Divided" speech.
    jul - |AUSTRALIA| Melbourne and Adelaide linked by electric telegraph
    aug 05 - The first underwater telegraph cable laid between America and Europe. Queen Victoria exchanges epic messages with President Buchanan, but the system is experiences problems so it takes 16.5 hrs to transmit the first message. The system fails totally on sep 01, 1858.
    oct - |AUSTRALIA| Sydney and Melbourne were linked by telegraph
    The British government takes over the rule of India.
    Russia and China sign the Treaty of Aygun extending Russian trading rights.
    Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia and Joseph Rechendorfer of New York City both patent the idea of putting an eraser on the end of a pencil
    Gold is discovered in the Central Fraiser River and Cariboo Mountains.
    Mail boxes appear on American streets.
    An aerial photograph is taken.
    Automatic telegraph, patented in Britain by Charles Wheatstone. The transmission speed is up to 400 words per minute.
    ABC Telegraph, known as 'the communicator', using two dials to indicate sent/received letters of alphabet, patented in Britain by Charles Wheatstone. The system becomes used on thousand of private lines in Britain since it does not require a trained operator.