Proof 1 Quart, Issued by Gibraltar, 1861
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Young head of the Queen facing left wearing ornamented band in her hair; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:; below, 1861; artist's initials, W.W., incuse on neck truncation
Castle of three towers; key in exergue below centre tower; around above, GIBRALTAR; around in exergue, ONE QUART
The name Gibraltar is derived from Gebel Tarik (hill of Tarek) so named after Tarik ibn Zeyed who captured the site in AD 711. The denominations of the coins are quarts after the Spanish copper coin cuarto which was current in Gibraltar at about 4 to the British penny.
The 1861 1 quart was not struck for circulation, it's obverse die is that of the Jersey 1/52nd shilling, Hocking classifies it as a pattern but could be a mule piece struck for Exhibitions only.
Exhibited by the Sydney Mint at the 1879-80 International Exhibition. Acquired by Dr. Howat at the closure of the Sydney Mint in 1926 and donated on his return to Melbourne.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Dr William Howat, 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
22 mm (Outside Diameter), 4.64 g (Weight)
KM#2 Pridmore 8 Hocking 3035-6
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900.
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1960. The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations Part 1, European Territories., 63 Pages
[Book] Hocking, William J. 1906. Catalogue of the Coins, Tokens, Medals, Dies and Seals in the Museum of the Royal Mint., 246-247 Pages