Victorian coinage is famous for its fascinating stories and tales – and none more so than the Groat.
The introduction of the Groat in 1836 came from a speech made in Parliament by MP Joseph Hume, who argued that a fourpence denomination would be more convenient for paying cab fares.
It seemed a good idea for the privileged MPs of the time, but unfortunately the coin survived for less than 20 years. The demise of the coin was brought about because of what now seem like an obvious backlash.
The coin proved unpopular with cab drivers… they were now receiving a fourpence as payment, whereas previously they would tend to receive a sixpence without the demand for change.
It seems incredible these days to think that a coin was genuinely issued for the convenience of paying the taxi meter!
We have a limited stock of these incredible Victorian coins available for collectors, but the mintage of the Groat was a fraction of the penny – so as you can imagine these coins are extremely rare.
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Queen Victoria Young Head Silver Groat
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- Country of Issue: United Kingdom
- Year of Issue: 1838-1855
- Coin Diameter: 16mm
- Weight: 1.9g
- Obverse: Queen Victoria Young Head
- Reverse: Seated Britannia
- Metal: Silver
- Finish: circulated