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Coin: Penny 1817 (Silver, circulating)

There were two forms of the silver penny, the currency issue like this piece (with a duller surface), and a special piece for the Maundy Thursday ceremonies - both with numeral 1 on the reverse but the Maundy issues have a proof-like finish.

Apart from the surface quality, they are indistinguishable. For the purpose of completeness though, the Maundy coins are listed separately in the Non Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) section.

Some catalogues do not recognise the existence of these circulating coins and list olny Maundy silver pennies of this year.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny (Silver, circulating)
Year1817 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark unknown
Material0.925 Silver Designer(unknown)
MonarchKing George III EffigySmall Head
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)0.4700

Laureate head of King George III facing right; below, the date 1817; around, GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1817

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


EdgePlain Edge inscription



Spink only lists Maundy coins in this year.

Penny 1817 (Silver, circulating): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 668
Penny 1817 (Silver, circulating): References to Information Used
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 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)