This is an 1820 George III Silver Shilling. The coin features the laureate portrait of George III by Benedetto Pistrucci on the obverse, and the crowned shield by Thomas Wyon on the reverse.
Spink reference number 3790.
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This shilling is one of the first shillings produced due to the Coinage Act of 1816, intended to reform the coinage so that it could be mass-produced cost-effectively and in enough quantity to resolve the coin shortage that had plagued Britain for nearly half a century.
The machinery used to steam-mill the coins was provided by Matthew Boulton, of Birmingham, and was installed at the Royal Mint's new premises on Tower Hill, near the Mint's old premises within the Tower of London. These coins were a considerable qualitative improvement over the screw-milled issues of previous years.
The size and dimensions of this of the New Coinage Shilling, introduced in 1816 lasted until 1990, although the metal content changed from sterling silver to 0.500 silver in 1920 and finally to cupro-nickel from 1947. In preparation for decimalisation in 1969, was renamed the 5p coin, which was reduced in size in 1990 to the diminutive 5p coin we know today.
The obverse is the laureate head portrait of King George III. It was designed by Benedetto Pistrucci.
The reverse was designed by Thomas Wyon and shows the crowned shield with garter edge.
The garter features the motto of the Order of the Garter. It reads:
"Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense"
This means "shame on him who thinks evil of it".
|Obverse Designer||Benedetto Pistrucci|
|Reverse Designer||Thomas Wyon|
|Issuing Monarch||George IV (1820-1830)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
|Obverse Grade||Reverse Grade||Price||Availability|
|EF||EF||£160.00||Out Of Stock|
|30 March 2020||EF||EF||£160.00|
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