Detailed information about coin type: Five Shillings from United Kingdom:
Overstruck Spanish American 8 Real coin issued by the Bank of England with a value of 5 shillings to supplement a deficiency in British silver coins. The coins were struck by the Soho Mint, Birmingham between 1804 and 1811, though all bear the date 1804. They were re-valued at 5 shillings 6 pence in 1811 and were withdrawn in 1817-1818.
Proofs were also stuck on specially prepared flans, so these do not show a ghost of a host coin unlike many of the circulation coins.
|Country||United Kingdom||Currency||Pound Sterling (pre-decimal)|
|Face value||5 (x Shilling)|
|Year produced||1804||Current||No (demonetised 1818)|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round|
|Size (mm)||Thickness (mm)|
Laureate and draped bust of King George III facing right; around, GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX. On neck truncation in small letters, the artist's initials C H K (for Conrad Heinrich Küchler).
GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX
At centre within a crowned oval band inscribed, FIVE SHILLINGS DOLLAR, Britainnia seated facing left holding a spear and extending an olive branch, her left arm rests on a shield which in turn rests on a cornucopia from which fruit flows; to left. a beehive; around, BANK OF ENGLAND 1804. A small K at left side of shield (designer's initial, for [Conrad Heinrich] Küchler).
FIVE SHILLINGS DOLLAR BANK OF ENGLAND 1804
|Five Shillings 1804||unknown||King George III||Second laureate bust by Conrad Küchler||GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX|