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Coin: Penny 1808 (Proof only)

Part of the "Fourth Issue" copper coinage of King George III.

The 1808 penny is unique (just one example known, proof).

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny (Britannia, first design)
Year1808 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
NameMintageMint mark
Soho Mint unknown SOHO
MaterialCopper DesignerConrad Heinrich Küchler
MonarchKing George III EffigyLaureate head by Conrad Küchler
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)35 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)18.8760

Laureate and draped bust of King George III facing right; around, GEORGIUS III · D : G · REX.; below, the date 1807. On neck truncation a tiny letter K - the designer's initial (for [Conrad Heinrich] Küchler).

Obverse inscription GEORGIUS III · D : G · REX. 1808

Figure of Britannia seated on a rock, facing left, holding a trident and extending an olive branch; a shield decorated with the British flag rests against the rock at right; background left, a sailing ship; around above, BRITANNIA. The mint name, SOHO on right end of rock. At the foot of Britannia's trident, between its shaft and the shield, a tiny letter K - the designer's initial (for [Conrad Heinrich] Küchler).

Reverse inscription


EdgeGrained in groove Edge inscription


Penny 1808 (Proof only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 663
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3780
Penny 1808 (Proof only): References to Information Used
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
Whitman, Guidebook of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 1962 Mint
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List of all (6) coins of type: United Kingdom / Penny (Pre-decimal)
Penny 1806 Penny 1807 Penny 1808 (Proof only) Penny 1817 (Silver, circulating) Penny 1818 (Silver, circulating) Penny 1820 (Silver, circulating)