From 1860 up to the present day and for the foreseeable future all lower
denominations like pennies have been minted using bronze instead of copper,
as bronze is a stronger alloy than copper. In 1860 a new type of border was
introduced for the new Victoria "Bun Head" Pennies.
It is referred to as the beaded border penny. In 1860 a toothed border penny
was also produced. Some times novice collectors get the toothed border and
beaded border confused as some toothed borders appear to be like beads in
some parts of the border. You will note from the picture below however that the
beads around a beaded border are fully circular extend all the way round the
border and do not touch the border at any point.
VICTORIA PENNY BEADED BORDER
Courtesy of Geoffrey Cope
www.petitioncrown.com
GEORGE IV
GEORGE III
GEORGE II
GEORGE I
ANNE
WILLIAM III
WILLIAM & MARY
VICTORIA
EDWARD VII
ERROR COINS
GEORGE V
GEORGE VI
WILLIAM IV
EDWARD VIII
GRADING COINS
PRICE GUIDE
CROMWELL
JAMES II
CHARLES II
HOME PAGE