Tin coin with a copper plug; Denomination: Farthing
Royal Mint, London
King Charles II (1660-1685)
In 1684 it was decided to issue the farthing in tin with a copper plug to make forgery difficult. The edge legend, servant of the coinage in Latin, reflects the fact that this was a token coin - the value of metal it contained was less than the current value of the coin. Profit to the state of this production was 40% and it is recorded that part of the reason for the move away from copper was to assist tin mining.
Laureate bust of Charles II wearing armour facing left; around, CAROLVS . A . CAROLO
Britannia seated facing left on a globe, extending an olive branch and holding a spear, her left hand rests on a shield decorated with the crosses of St. George and St. Andrew; around, BRITANNIA.
In raised letters, NVMMORVM * FAMVLVS * 1684 * (some letters lost to edge corrosion; translation, servant of the coinage)
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
23 mm (Outside Diameter), 5.265 g (Weight)
[Book] Peck, C. W. 1970. English Copper, Tin and Bronze Coins in the British Museum., Peck 532 Pages