1953 Farthing Varieties
The ascension of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne in 1952 resulted in a number of changes to the designs of British coins in 1953, with the farthing being struck with two different obverse and three different reverse designs.
|Obverse 1||+ points at bead|
|Obverse 2||+ points between beads|
|Reverse A||F of FARTHING between denticles, I of FARTHING between denticles|
|Reverse B||F of FARTHING at denticle, I of FARTHING at denticle|
|Reverse B*||F of FARTHING between denticles, I of FARTHING at denticle|
Obverses 1 and 2 and reverses A and B have been well known for decades but reverse B* was only discovered in April 2022.
|1+A||Only in specimen sets; proofs struck|
|2+A||Scarce; proofs struck|
|2+B||Common; proofs struck|
|2+B*||Only in VIP proof sets|
Matte proofs of 1+A and 2+B were reportedly struck as well, apparently for use in photos (presumably to illustrate the new designs).