I hope I won´t be chastised too badly for admitting that I never liked Penny Farthings, or Ordinaries, or High Wheelers, or whatever you´d like to call them. Still, it seems I have one in my collection now:
And digging a bit deeper in my boxes, I found this one, too:
However, did you know that at least in the thirties, the farthing wasn´t actually the smallest diameter coin in the UK?
Now look at this:
There´s a coin like token which is valued at a penny, issued by the Flint Lead Works in 1813, when coinage was scarce (I was told). Not surprisingly, the token is made from lead. What looks like a deranged carnival procession are the sorry remains of the Flint Lead Works buildings, after much biting and gambling by previous owners.
Now you know why I never really liked Ordinaries.