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Coin: Five Shillings 1804
Description

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 They were re-valued at 5 shillings 6 pence in 1811 and were withdrawn in 1817-1818.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.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value5 (x Shilling) TypeFive Shillings
Year1804 CurrentNo (demonetised 1818)
Mintageunknown
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Soho Mint No mint mark unknown
Material0.903 Silver Designer
MonarchKing George III EffigySecond laureate bust by Conrad Küchler
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
Obverse

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).

Obverse inscription GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX
Reverse

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).

Reverse inscription

FIVE SHILLINGS DOLLAR BANK OF ENGLAND 1804

Edge Edge inscription

Five Shillings 1804: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Five Shillings 1804: Photos
Five Shillings 1804: Photo Coin - Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804-1811
Coin - Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804-1811
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Five Shillings 1804: Photo Coin - Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804-1811
Coin - Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804-1811
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Five Shillings 1804: Photo Coin - Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804-1811
Coin - Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804-1811
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Notes: Host coin visible. To the right of the date the remnant of the original mint mark PTS (monogram) of the Potosi Mint, Bolivia.
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Five Shillings 1804: Photo Coin - Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804-1811
Coin - Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804-1811
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Host coin visible. Spanish legend under the King's effigy.
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Five Shillings 1804: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# Tn1, KM# Tn1a (Proof)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3768
Davenport101
Five Shillings 1804: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
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Five Shillings 1804: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804 Museums Victoria: Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804
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