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Coin type: Penny (Silver, circulating)
Description

The pre-decimal penny was a coin worth one two-hundred-and-fortieth of a pound sterling. A very short lived silver version of the denomination was issued, which was too tiny to be practical and was soon discontinued. The coins were made of sterling (0.925) silver (0.0140 oz. ASW).

For the rest of the long life of the one penny denomination, the coins issued were in copper or bronze.

Coins of the same size and the same design as the silver penny (but with proof-like finish) have been issued regularly since 1817 and continue to be released every year as part of Maundy sets; these are listed separately under "Maundy Penny" in the NCLT section.

Some catalogues do not accept the existence of circulating silver one penny coins of this type and only list them in their Maundy sections.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofPenny (Pre-decimal) Sub-types
Face value1 (x Penny)
Years produced1817 - 1820 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Material0.925 Silver Designer(unknown)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)0.4700
Obverse

Laureate head of King George III facing right; below, the date; around, GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA.

Obverse inscription

GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA [year]

Reverse

At centre a numeral 1 with a large crown above; around, BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF: (the top of the crown divides the legend).

Reverse inscription

1 BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Penny (Silver, circulating): Photos

Coin - Penny, George III, Great Britain, 1818
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Coin - Penny, George III, Great Britain, 1818
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List of 3 coins of type: Penny (Silver, circulating) from United Kingdom
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Penny 1817 (Silver, circulating) unknown King George III Small Head GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1817
Penny 1818 (Silver, circulating) unknown King George III Small Head GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Penny 1820 (Silver, circulating) unknown King George III Small Head GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1820