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1862 Farthing

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Here is a Farthing with an upside down 8. traces of another 8 below, but different to my small/big 8 and big/small 8

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Here is a Farthing with an upside down 8. traces of another 8 below, but different to my small/big 8 and big/small 8

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Definitely an inverted 8. It also has the beginnings of the 'forked tail' 6, do you see? Here's mine, much more pronounced :

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Definitely an inverted 8. It also has the beginnings of the 'forked tail' 6, do you see? Here's mine, much more pronounced :

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Yeah I see the fork, a few of my 1860s have the fork at the very tip, but none as pronounced as yours, thats a great example.

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Definitely an inverted 8. It also has the beginnings of the 'forked tail' 6, do you see? Here's mine, much more pronounced :

post-4737-12817385553_thumb.jpg

Yeah I see the fork, a few of my 1860s have the fork at the very tip, but none as pronounced as yours, thats a great example.

Yes - I actually tried to interest Colin Cooke in it when he was working on the Farthings section of the replacement for Peck, but he didn't seem that bothered really. I wish I'd sent him the picture now, but it's too late *sigh*.

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I have also now come across one of these with the small inverted 8 over a normal upright 8 (and forked tail to 6), but in pretty decent condition. Are they recorded anywhere? Not on aboutfarthings.com, I see...

How rare are they, or indeed how worthy of note?

 

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I think the issue is that the coin in the OP has a clear inverted 8 because of the top loop being clearly larger than the lower loop. With many 1862 farthings there are underlying wide 8's and therefore it is not very clear whether the 8 is inverted or it is just an effect of the underlying digit. An area for further study.

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Here's my 1862 - normal 8 but clearly forked 6.

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I have alway thought there were more varieties of this date around .

Makes collecting a bit more interesting

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