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Farthing Stamps (1/4d) From British Empire

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Posted 12/18/2019   9:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There was once a farthing value of Australia, (King Edward Vlll)
but was destroyed by burning from orders to do so.

The Bermuda One farthing Provisional.
http://www.bermudacollectorssociety...bwisc-lo.pdf
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Posted 12/18/2019   11:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi 22crows,

I appreciate what you're saying. I meant postal equivalent rather than the exchange rate.

Hence the ½pi being green, 1½pi being red, 2½pi being blue.
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Posted 12/19/2019   12:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add waddsbadds to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nothing to add as far as farthing stamps are concerned, but a few comments on the farthing itself. This was, of course a coin, now obsolete, equal to one quarter of an old penny from the time when there were 240 pennies to the pound sterling. Thus, a farthing was one nine hundred and sixtieth of a pound. This would be like if there were such a thing as a one tenth of a cent coin in the US. Of course, some things are priced using tenths of a cent, gasoline for example where a typical price might be $2.99 and nine tenths per gallon, and a few years ago there were several US stamps depicting old means of transport that had fractional penny denominations, but of course you could never buy exactly one unit of these things without rounding up to the nearest whole penny. However, in the UK and the various other countries that used the farthing (until 1961 in the UK) you actually could use the farthing to pay exact amounts. I was born in the UK and I'm old enough to remember when it was still in circulation and even things that were priced using farthings, and while there was nothing you could buy for just one farthing, I can remember seeing buns in the bakery for one penny and a farthing (usually said as :"penny farthing", which, incidentally was the name of the old 19th century bicycles that had one big wheel in the front and a small wheel in the back). There were even lower denomination coins issued by the Royal Mint: a third of a farthing (one two thousand eight hundred and eightieth of a pound!) which was used exclusively in Malta, which, as shown here had farthing stamps, so there you COULD buy something for a farthing: one postage stamp. These, amazingly were in circulation until as recently as 1913. There were even quarter farthings issued in the 1850's for use exclusively in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka. This is an almost incomprehensibly small amount of money and it's hard to see how the mint could have made a profit on minting and then issuing them.
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Posted 12/19/2019   12:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Farthings (coins) were also in use in America.
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I can remember seeing buns in the bakery for one penny and a farthing (usually said as :"penny farthing", which, incidentally was the name of the old 19th century bicycles that had one big wheel in the front and a small wheel in the back).

I have an 1879 postal card from Heligoland with that denomination, but there it's expressed as "five farthings".

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On some stamps from Heligoland we have 1 pfennig = 1 farthing
But on one issue 3 pfennig = 2 ½ farthing
And on another one 5 pf = 3 farthings




I assume that on your card this is 10pf = 5 farthings
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Ever considered why your Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos islands farthing stamps are almost always mint, or mint hinged?
CTO Cancelling to Order, was not permitted in the colonies back then (any members have proof?)
Ergo, only dealers prepared covers may have had them.
Non philatelic covers bearing farthing stamps must be very rare.

Why is it then, the Turks and Caicos farthing used, is catalogued at half the price of mint?

Attribution : Noel Davenhill.


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I appreciate what you're saying. I meant postal equivalent rather than the exchange rate.


Postal Equivalent: One East African Cent was worth 1% of a Shilling = half the value of a farthing.

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