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1890 Great Britain 1/4 Pence NGC MS65 RB Raindrop Race Wager Hoard

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You won't have a piece in your collection with a more interesting backstory than this! These quarter pence coins are the result of a friendly wager between aristocrats back in 1890. One rainy day in 1890, an aristocrat and his friend were in a Dorset Stately home. They wagered on a race of raindrops on the window. They each bet 5 pounds, and to pay the debt had to withdraw 4,800 of these farthings from the bank. These were the lowest value coins in the day, worth a mere ¼ of a penny.

Over a century later, these unused coins were found still wrapped in tissue paper from the bank! A rainy day wager forever immortalized in these NGC holders. The use of British Farthings began in 1707 as a continuation of the English Farthing after England and Scotland were unified. Farthings were around until it was demonetized in 1961. Each of these have an excellent MS65 grade with beautiful RB coloring. Their provenance from the Crichel House Cache and the Raindrop Wager. Add these unique pieces to your collection today!


  • MS65 RB graded by NGC
  • From the Crichel House Cache
  • Over 100 years old