1/3 Farthing, Issued by Malta, 1827
Minted by Royal Mint, London
From 1825 British Imperial coins were declared current in Malta. Until that time the local copper coins were Grani, when introduced the farthing was worth 3 grani. The 1/3 farthing was introduced in 1827 as a 1 grano piece. When originally requested by the Governor of Malta, the coin was to have the legend MALTA - ONE GRAIN, but British authorities preferred to used the design of the standard farthing and simply issue a smaller coin.
Laureate head of the king facing left; around, GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA + 1827 +
Britannia helmeted, seated on shield, facing right holding a trident in her left hand; around, BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF:; in exergue, a rose, thistle and shamrock united
According to Hocking 'The proclamation decscribing and giving currency to the new coins was dated 3rd November 1827.' Pridmore states 'Authorised by a Treasury Warrant dated 26th February, 1827.'
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11 Jan 1978
Type of item
16 mm (Outside Diameter), 1.5 g (Weight)
Pridmore 1 KM#703 (under Great Britain)
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1960. The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations Part 1, European Territories.
[Book] Hocking, William J. 1906. Catalogue of the Coins, Tokens, Medals, Dies and Seals in the Museum of the Royal Mint., 253-254 Pages
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900., 482 Pages