William IV became king in 1830 at age 62 after the death of
his brother (George IV), who had no surviving heirs.
Dubbed 'the sailor king' for his naval service in his
younger years, William had not expected to be King.
William did not marry, due primarily to the Royal Marriages
Act of 1772, which forbade decendants of George II from
marriage without consent from the monarch, or privy council.
William did have a defacto relationship producing many
children, none of which were considered legitimate, so had
no claim on the throne.
1 farthing = 1/4 of a penny = 1/48 of a shilling
= 1/960 of a pound
The first King William IV era UK farthing was minted
in 1831, and the last in 1837.
Dates not minted: 1830, 1832, 1833
The King William IV era UK farthing
obverse features the bare head of
William IV facing right, with the date below.
The reverse shows the helmed Britannia,
seated facing right, holding a trident,
her hand resting on a shield.
In the exergue below is a rose, thistle,
and shamrock, symbolising the union of
England, Scotland, and Ireland.
What is a King William IV farthing from the United Kingdom worth?
Values, images, and specifications for KW IV farthing coins from the UK, Great Britain, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, dependancies, and British colonies from 1830 to 1837.
All Coin Values resource
1830 to 1837
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