1937 - 1952 George VI
Major design types are detailed below, select a date on the left to view the farthing images, die combinations and minor varieties
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George VI Farthing & Reign Details

Born :14 December 1895

Coronation:12 May 1937

Died: 6 February 1952

Reign :16 yrs

Farthing Diameter: 20mm

Farthing Thickness: 1.5 - 1.75mm

Farthing Weight: 2.75 - 2.9g

Farthing Edge: Plain

Obverse Design 1 (1937 - 1948)
George’s head and neck facing left. The engravers initials H.P. (T.H. Paget) are raised, and are located below the base of the bust, above the “M” of IMP. The legend which reads “GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP.” almost encircles the bust. The legend is an abbreviated translation of “George VI by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India” The border consists of teeth, and the teeth sit inside a small raised rim.
Obverse Design 2 (1949 - 1952)
Similar to Obverse 1, with George’s head and neck facing left. The engravers initials H.P. (T.H. Paget) are raised, slightly larger in size, and are located below the base of the bust, now above the “E” of DEF. The amended legend which reads “GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR: OMN: REX FIDEI DEF.” almost encircles the bust, is a larger font and the letter “N” is a completely different style. The legend is an abbreviated translation of “George VI by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith” The border consists of teeth, and the teeth sit inside a small raised rim.
Reverse Design A (1937 - 1952)
The new non-heraldic design with a wren facing left, the denomination “FARTHING” below, and the date in numerals above. Behind the wren’s left foot is the engravers monogram “HWP”. The border consists of teeth, and the teeth sit inside a small raised rim. The “I” in FARTHING points directly to a gap between two border teeth.
 

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