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Coin: Shilling 1947 English
Description

Between 1937 and 1970, British shilling coins were issued with English and Scottish design each year. This is the English design.

The end of World War II saw the price of silver, which had been 24 pence an ounce in 1939, risen to 55.5 pence (the London controlled price) apparently with none available. The free suppliers' price at the time was 70 pence and even there supplies were very limited. In addition, the UK government was under obligation to repay in kind 88,000,000 ounces to the USA obtained during the War. It was therefore decided to abandon silver for circulating coinage and substitute a cupro-nickel alloy. The first coins made with the new alloy were struck in 1947.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Shilling) TypeEnglish Shilling (First Design, cupronickel)
Year1947 CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
Mintage12,120,611 (12.1 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 12,120,611 (12.1 million)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.6500
Obverse

Bare head of King George VI facing left; below the neck in small letters HP (for Thomas Humphrey Paget); around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX
Reverse

Crowned lion standing left on crown, head facing, dividing the date 1947; around above, FID DEF IND IMP (part of the monarch's legend - the other part being on the obverse; it is abbreviated from FIDEI DEFENSOR INDIAE IMPERATOR and means "Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); around below, ONE SHILLING. Two roses before and after the denomination which were not present in the earlier "Second Lion on Crown" design.

Above the lion's tail in small letters, the artist's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Reverse inscription

FID DEF IND IMP 1947 ONE SHILLING

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

References to original information:

77th Annual Report of the Deputy Master of the Royal Mint, 1946 p.1

Shilling 1947 English: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
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Shilling 1947 English: Photos
Shilling 1947 English: Photo Proof Coin - Shilling, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
Proof Coin - Shilling, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Shilling 1947 English: Photo Proof Coin - Shilling, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
Proof Coin - Shilling, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Shilling 1947 English: Photo Coin - Shilling, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Shilling 1947 English: Photo Coin - Shilling, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Shilling 1947 English: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 863
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4103
Shilling 1947 English: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
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