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Information about effigy: King George VI of the United Kingdom / Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget

PersonKing George VI of the United Kingdom
Year1937
Description

Uncrowned portrait of King George VI to left.

This effigy was designed by Thomas Humphrey Paget (rendered more often as just Humphrey Paget).

Thomas Humphrey Paget OBE (13 August 1893 – May 1974) was an English medal and coin designer and modeller. Paget's designs are indicated by the initials 'HP'.

Paget was first approached by the Royal Mint in 1936 after the accession of King Edward VIII. Paget's recommendation had come via his earlier design for the obverse of a medal featuring the then-Prince of Wales. After some controversy regarding the direction the monarch was to face on the coinage (it had been tradition for each successive monarch to face in the opposite direction to the predecessor; Edward felt that the features of his left were better than his right), Paget's work was approved in two slightly differing designs: one for silver and another for non-silver. However Edward's abdication meant that, apart from a few trial dies, Paget's designs never reached the minting stage.

A measure of the success of the Edward portrait can be seen in the fact that Paget alone was commissioned to design George VI's effigy in 1937. He is the only artist to have a second obverse design approved for use in sterling coinage in the 20th century. The portrait of George VI has since been described as "the classic coinage head of the 20th century"

Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget: Photos

Proof Coin - Sovereign, George VI, Great Britain, 1937
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author: Justine Philip
Notes: Gold. Proof.
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Coin - 1 Shilling, South Africa, 1938
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author: Justine Philip
Notes: Silver.
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Coin - 1 Shilling, New Zealand, 1951
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author: Heath Warwick
Notes: Cupro-Nickel.
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Proof Coin - 1 Penny, South Africa, 1937
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author: Justine Philip
Notes: Bronze.
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List of 348 coins issued carrying effigy: Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
CountryNameYearMintage
Australia Crown 1937 1937 1,800,100
Australia Penny 1937 (pattern) 1937 12
New Zealand Threepence 1937 1937 2,880,200
New Zealand Sixpence 1937 1937 1,280,000
New Zealand Shilling 1937 1937 890,200
New Zealand Florin 1937 1937 1,190,200
New Zealand Half Crown 1937 1937 672,200
United Kingdom Threepence 1937 (Silver, circulating) 1937 8,174,558
United Kingdom Shilling 1937 English 1937 8,385,524
United Kingdom Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) 1937 5,501
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) 1937 5,501
United Kingdom Two Pounds 1937 (Proof only) 1937 5,501
United Kingdom Five Pounds 1937 (Proof only) 1937 5,501
United Kingdom Crown 1937 1937 445,101
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1937 1937 9,132,842
United Kingdom Shilling 1937 Scottish 1937 6,775,277
United Kingdom Florin 1937 1937 13,033,183
United Kingdom Sixpence 1937 1937 22,328,926
United Kingdom Threepence 1937 (Brass) 1937 45,734,359
United Kingdom Fourpence 1937 (Maundy) 1937 1,325
United Kingdom Threepence 1937 (Maundy) 1937 1,325
United Kingdom Twopence 1937 (Maundy) 1937 1,325
United Kingdom Penny 1937 (Maundy) 1937 1,325
Australia Halfpenny 1938 1938 3,014,250
Australia Penny 1938 1938 5,552,650
Australia Threepence 1938 1938 4,560,250
Australia Sixpence 1938 1938 2,864,250
Australia Shilling 1938 1938 1,484,250
Australia Florin 1938 1938 2,990,250
Australia Crown 1938 1938 101,800
United Kingdom Shilling 1938 English 1938 4,833,436
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1938 1938 6,426,478
United Kingdom Shilling 1938 Scottish 1938 4,797,852
United Kingdom Florin 1938 1938 7,909,388
United Kingdom Sixpence 1938 1938 13,402,701
United Kingdom Threepence 1938 (Silver, circulating) 1938 6,402,473
United Kingdom Threepence 1938 (Brass) 1938 14,532,332
United Kingdom Fourpence 1938 (Maundy) 1938 1,275
United Kingdom Threepence 1938 (Maundy) 1938 1,275
United Kingdom Twopence 1938 (Maundy) 1938 1,275
United Kingdom Penny 1938 (Maundy) 1938 1,275
Australia Halfpenny 1939 Commonwealth of Australia 1939 4,382,400
Australia Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo 1939 504,100
Australia Penny 1939 1939 6,240,000
Australia Threepence 1939 1939 3,856,000
Australia Shilling 1939 1939 1,520,000
Australia Florin 1939 1939 630,000
Australia Sixpence 1939 1939 1,600,000
New Zealand Threepence 1939 1939 3,000,000
New Zealand Sixpence 1939 1939 700,000
United Kingdom Shilling 1939 English 1939 11,052,677
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1939 1939 15,478,635
United Kingdom Shilling 1939 Scottish 1939 10,263,892
United Kingdom Florin 1939 1939 20,850,607
United Kingdom Sixpence 1939 1939 28,670,304
United Kingdom Threepence 1939 (Silver, circulating) 1939 1,355,866
United Kingdom Threepence 1939 (Brass) 1939 5,603,021
United Kingdom Fourpence 1939 (Maundy) 1939 1,234
United Kingdom Threepence 1939 (Maundy) 1939 1,234
United Kingdom Twopence 1939 (Maundy) 1939 1,234
United Kingdom Penny 1939 (Maundy) 1939 1,234
Australia Halfpenny 1940 1940 2,294,400
Australia Penny 1940 1940 5,188,800
Australia Threepence 1940 1940 3,840,000
Australia Sixpence 1940 1940 1,600,000
Australia Shilling 1940 1940 760,000
Australia Florin 1940 1940 8,410,000
New Zealand Halfpenny 1940 1940 3,432,005
New Zealand Penny 1940 1940 5,424,005
New Zealand Threepence 1940 1940 2,000,000
New Zealand Sixpence 1940 1940 800,000
New Zealand Shilling 1940 1940 500,000
New Zealand Florin 1940 1940 500,000
New Zealand Half Crown 1940 (Centennial) 1940 100,800
United Kingdom Shilling 1940 English 1940 11,099,126
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1940 1940 17,948,439
United Kingdom Shilling 1940 Scottish 1940 9,913,089
United Kingdom Florin 1940 1940 18,700,338
United Kingdom Sixpence 1940 1940 20,875,196
United Kingdom Threepence 1940 (Silver, circulating) 1940 7,914,401
United Kingdom Threepence 1940 (Brass) 1940 12,636,018
United Kingdom Fourpence 1940 (Maundy) 1940 1,277
United Kingdom Threepence 1940 (Maundy) 1940 1,277
United Kingdom Twopence 1940 (Maundy) 1940 1,277
United Kingdom Penny 1940 (Maundy) 1940 1,277
Australia Halfpenny 1941 1941 5,011,200
Australia Penny 1941 1941 14,382,800
Australia Threepence 1941 1941 7,584,000
Australia Sixpence 1941 1941 2,912,000
Australia Shilling 1941 1941 3,040,000
Australia Florin 1941 1941 7,694,000
New Zealand Halfpenny 1941 1941 960,000
New Zealand Penny 1941 1941 1,200,000
New Zealand Threepence 1941 1941 1,760,000
New Zealand Sixpence 1941 1941 440,000
New Zealand Shilling 1941 1941 360,000
New Zealand Florin 1941 1941 820,000
New Zealand Half Crown 1941 1941 776,000
United Kingdom Shilling 1941 English 1941 11,391,883
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1941 1941 15,773,984
United Kingdom Shilling 1941 Scottish 1941 8,086,030
United Kingdom Florin 1941 1941 24,451,079
United Kingdom Sixpence 1941 1941 23,086,616
United Kingdom Threepence 1941 (Silver, circulating) 1941 7,979,411
United Kingdom Threepence 1941 (Brass) 1941 60,239,489
United Kingdom Fourpence 1941 (Maundy) 1941 1,253
United Kingdom Threepence 1941 (Maundy) 1941 1,253
United Kingdom Twopence 1941 (Maundy) 1941 1,253
United Kingdom Penny 1941 (Maundy) 1941 1,253
Australia Halfpenny 1942 1942 11,054,400
Australia Penny 1942 1942 21,244,800
Australia Threepence 1942 1942 24,528,000
Australia Sixpence 1942 1942 24,968,000
Australia Shilling 1942 1942 5,380,000
Australia Florin 1942 1942 23,986,000
New Zealand Halfpenny 1942 1942 1,920,000
New Zealand Penny 1942 1942 3,120,000
New Zealand Threepence 1942 1942 3,120,000
New Zealand Sixpence 1942 1942 360,000
New Zealand Shilling 1942 1942 240,000
New Zealand Florin 1942 1942 150,000
New Zealand Half Crown 1942 1942 240,000
United Kingdom Shilling 1942 English 1942 17,453,643
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1942 1942 31,220,090
United Kingdom Shilling 1942 Scottish 1942 13,676,759
United Kingdom Florin 1942 1942 39,895,243
United Kingdom Sixpence 1942 1942 44,942,785
United Kingdom Threepence 1942 (Silver, circulating) 1942 4,144,051
United Kingdom Threepence 1942 (Brass) 1942 103,214,400
United Kingdom Fourpence 1942 (Maundy) 1942 1,231
United Kingdom Threepence 1942 (Maundy) 1942 1,231
United Kingdom Twopence 1942 (Maundy) 1942 1,231
United Kingdom Penny 1942 (Maundy) 1942 1,231
Australia Halfpenny 1943 1943 39,988,806
Australia Penny 1943 1943 53,198,400
Australia Threepence 1943 1943 48,912,000
Australia Sixpence 1943 1943 12,000,000
Australia Shilling 1943 1943 18,720,000
Australia Florin 1943 1943 23,762,000
New Zealand Penny 1943 1943 8,400,000
New Zealand Threepence 1943 1943 4,400,000
New Zealand Sixpence 1943 1943 1,800,000
New Zealand Shilling 1943 1943 900,000
New Zealand Florin 1943 1943 1,400,000
New Zealand Half Crown 1943 1943 1,120,000
United Kingdom Shilling 1943 English 1943 11,404,213
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1943 1943 15,462,875
United Kingdom Shilling 1943 Scottish 1943 9,824,214
United Kingdom Florin 1943 1943 26,711,987
United Kingdom Sixpence 1943 1943 46,927,111
United Kingdom Threepence 1943 (Silver, circulating) 1943 1,379,220
United Kingdom Threepence 1943 (Brass) 1943 101,702,400
United Kingdom Fourpence 1943 (Maundy) 1943 1,239
United Kingdom Threepence 1943 (Maundy) 1943 1,239
United Kingdom Twopence 1943 (Maundy) 1943 1,239
United Kingdom Penny 1943 (Maundy) 1943 1,239
Australia Halfpenny 1944 1944 720,000
Australia Penny 1944 1944 29,942,000
Australia Threepence 1944 1944 32,000,000
Australia Sixpence 1944 1944 4,000,000
Australia Shilling 1944 1944 22,576,000
Australia Florin 1944 1944 33,440,000
New Zealand Halfpenny 1944 1944 2,035,200
New Zealand Penny 1944 1944 3,696,000
New Zealand Threepence 1944 1944 2,840,000
New Zealand Sixpence 1944 1944 1,160,000
New Zealand Shilling 1944 1944 480,000
New Zealand Florin 1944 1944 140,000
New Zealand Half Crown 1944 1944 180,000
United Kingdom Shilling 1944 English 1944 11,586,751
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1944 1944 15,255,165
United Kingdom Shilling 1944 Scottish 1944 10,990,167
United Kingdom Florin 1944 1944 27,560,005
United Kingdom Sixpence 1944 1944 37,952,600
United Kingdom Threepence 1944 (Silver, circulating) 1944 2,005,553
United Kingdom Threepence 1944 (Brass) 1944 69,760,000
United Kingdom Fourpence 1944 (Maundy) 1944 1,259
United Kingdom Threepence 1944 (Maundy) 1944 1,259
United Kingdom Twopence 1944 (Maundy) 1944 1,259
United Kingdom Penny 1944 (Maundy) 1944 1,259
Australia Halfpenny 1945 1945 3,033,600
Australia Penny 1945 1945 15,172,806
Australia Sixpence 1945 1945 10,096,000
Australia Florin 1945 1945 11,970,000
Australia Shilling 1945 (not released) 1945 unknown
New Zealand Halfpenny 1945 1945 1,516,800
New Zealand Penny 1945 1945 4,764,000
New Zealand Threepence 1945 1945 2,520,000
New Zealand Sixpence 1945 1945 940,000
New Zealand Shilling 1945 1945 1,030,000
New Zealand Florin 1945 1945 515,000
New Zealand Half Crown 1945 1945 420,000
United Kingdom Shilling 1945 English 1945 15,143,404
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1945 1945 19,849,242
United Kingdom Shilling 1945 Scottish 1945 15,106,270
United Kingdom Florin 1945 1945 25,858,049
United Kingdom Sixpence 1945 1945 39,939,259
United Kingdom Threepence 1945 (Silver, circulating) 1945 371,000
United Kingdom Threepence 1945 (Brass) 1945 33,942,466
United Kingdom Fourpence 1945 (Maundy) 1945 1,355
United Kingdom Threepence 1945 (Maundy) 1945 1,355
United Kingdom Twopence 1945 (Maundy) 1945 1,355
United Kingdom Penny 1945 (Maundy) 1945 1,355
Australia Halfpenny 1946 1946 13,747,200
Australia Penny 1946 1946 240,000
Australia Sixpence 1946 1946 10,024,000
Australia Shilling 1946 1946 11,388,000
Australia Florin 1946 1946 22,154,000
New Zealand Halfpenny 1946 1946 3,120,000
New Zealand Penny 1946 1946 6,720,000
New Zealand Threepence 1946 1946 6,080,000
New Zealand Sixpence 1946 1946 2,120,000
New Zealand Shilling 1946 1946 1,060,000
New Zealand Florin 1946 1946 1,200,000
New Zealand Half Crown 1946 1946 960,000
United Kingdom Shilling 1946 English 1946 18,663,797
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1946 1946 22,724,873
United Kingdom Shilling 1946 Scottish 1946 16,381,501
United Kingdom Florin 1946 1946 22,300,254
United Kingdom Sixpence 1946 1946 43,466,407
United Kingdom Threepence 1946 (Brass) 1946 620,734
United Kingdom Fourpence 1946 (Maundy) 1946 1,365
United Kingdom Threepence 1946 (Maundy) 1946 1,365
United Kingdom Twopence 1946 (Maundy) 1946 1,365
United Kingdom Penny 1946 (Maundy) 1946 1,365
Australia Halfpenny 1947 1947 9,292,800
Australia Penny 1947 1947 11,174,400
Australia Threepence 1947 1947 4,176,000
Australia Florin 1947 1947 39,292,800
New Zealand Halfpenny 1947 1947 2,726,400
New Zealand Penny 1947 1947 5,880,000
New Zealand Threepence 1947 1947 6,400,020
New Zealand Sixpence 1947 1947 3,200,020
New Zealand Shilling 1947 1947 2,800,020
New Zealand Florin 1947 1947 2,500,020
New Zealand Half Crown 1947 1947 1,600,020
United Kingdom Shilling 1947 English 1947 12,120,611
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1947 1947 21,911,484
United Kingdom Shilling 1947 Scottish 1947 12,283,223
United Kingdom Florin 1947 1947 22,910,085
United Kingdom Sixpence 1947 1947 29,993,263
United Kingdom Fourpence 1947 (Maundy) 1947 1,375
United Kingdom Threepence 1947 (Maundy) 1947 1,375
United Kingdom Twopence 1947 (Maundy) 1947 1,375
United Kingdom Penny 1947 (Maundy) 1947 1,375
Australia Halfpenny 1948 1948 30,160,800
Australia Penny 1948 1948 28,150,000
Australia Threepence 1948 1948 26,208,000
Australia Sixpence 1948 1948 1,584,000
Australia Shilling 1948 1948 4,132,000
New Zealand Threepence 1948 1948 4,000,000
New Zealand Sixpence 1948 1948 2,000,000
New Zealand Shilling 1948 1948 1,000,000
New Zealand Florin 1948 1948 1,750,000
New Zealand Half Crown 1948 1948 1,400,000
United Kingdom Shilling 1948 English 1948 45,576,923
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1948 1948 71,164,703
United Kingdom Shilling 1948 Scottish 1948 45,351,937
United Kingdom Florin 1948 1948 67,553,636
United Kingdom Sixpence 1948 1948 88,323,540
United Kingdom Threepence 1948 (Brass) 1948 4,230,400
United Kingdom Fourpence 1948 (Maundy) 1948 1,385
United Kingdom Threepence 1948 (Maundy) 1948 1,385
United Kingdom Twopence 1948 (Maundy) 1948 1,385
United Kingdom Penny 1948 (Maundy) 1948 1,385
Australia Halfpenny 1949 1949 22,310,400
Australia Penny 1949 1949 27,064,800
Australia Threepence 1949 1949 26,400,000
New Zealand Halfpenny 1949 1949 1,766,400
New Zealand Penny 1949 1949 2,016,000
New Zealand Florin 1949 1949 3,500,000
New Zealand Half Crown 1949 1949 2,800,000
New Zealand Royal Visit Crown 1949 1949 200,020
United Kingdom Shilling 1949 English 1949 19,328,405
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1949 1949 28,272,512
United Kingdom Shilling 1949 Scottish 1949 21,243,074
United Kingdom Florin 1949 1949 28,614,939
United Kingdom Sixpence 1949 1949 41,355,515
United Kingdom Threepence 1949 (Brass) 1949 464,000
United Kingdom Fourpence 1949 (Maundy) 1949 1,395
United Kingdom Threepence 1949 (Maundy) 1949 1,395
United Kingdom Twopence 1949 (Maundy) 1949 1,395
United Kingdom Penny 1949 (Maundy) 1949 1,395
Australia Halfpenny 1950 1950 12,014,400
Australia Penny 1950 1950 57,846,800
Australia Threepence 1950 1950 35,456,000
Australia Sixpence 1950 1950 10,272,000
Australia Shilling 1950 1950 7,188,000
New Zealand Halfpenny 1950 1950 1,425,600
New Zealand Penny 1950 1950 5,784,000
New Zealand Threepence 1950 1950 800,000
New Zealand Sixpence 1950 1950 800,000
New Zealand Shilling 1950 1950 600,000
New Zealand Florin 1950 1950 3,500,000
New Zealand Half Crown 1950 1950 3,600,000
United Kingdom Shilling 1950 English 1950 19,261,385
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1950 1950 28,353,013
United Kingdom Shilling 1950 Scottish 1950 14,317,114
United Kingdom Florin 1950 1950 24,375,003
United Kingdom Sixpence 1950 1950 32,759,468
United Kingdom Threepence 1950 (Brass) 1950 1,617,513
United Kingdom Fourpence 1950 (Maundy) 1950 1,405
United Kingdom Threepence 1950 (Maundy) 1950 1,405
United Kingdom Twopence 1950 (Maundy) 1950 1,405
United Kingdom Penny 1950 (Maundy) 1950 1,405
Australia Halfpenny 1951 1951 41,422,080
Australia Penny 1951 1951 52,128,000
Australia Threepence 1951 1951 55,856,000
Australia Sixpence 1951 1951 33,784,000
Australia Florin 1951 1951 10,068,000
Australia Florin 1951 Federation Jubilee 1951 2,000,000
New Zealand Halfpenny 1951 1951 2,342,400
New Zealand Penny 1951 1951 6,888,000
New Zealand Threepence 1951 1951 3,600,000
New Zealand Sixpence 1951 1951 1,800,000
New Zealand Shilling 1951 1951 1,200,000
New Zealand Florin 1951 1951 2,000,000
New Zealand Half Crown 1951 1951 1,200,000
United Kingdom Shilling 1951 English 1951 9,976,930
United Kingdom Crown 1951 Festival of Britain 1951 2,003,540
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1951 1951 9,003,520
United Kingdom Shilling 1951 Scottish 1951 10,981,174
United Kingdom Florin 1951 1951 27,431,747
United Kingdom Sixpence 1951 1951 40,419,491
United Kingdom Threepence 1951 (Brass) 1951 1,204,000
United Kingdom Fourpence 1951 (Maundy) 1951 1,468
United Kingdom Threepence 1951 (Maundy) 1951 1,468
United Kingdom Twopence 1951 (Maundy) 1951 1,468
United Kingdom Penny 1951 (Maundy) 1951 1,468
Australia Halfpenny 1952 1952 1,831,680
Australia Penny 1952 1952 57,922,000
Australia Threepence 1952 1952 21,560,000
Australia Sixpence 1952 1952 2,112,000
Australia Shilling 1952 1952 19,644,000
Australia Florin 1952 1952 10,044,000
New Zealand Halfpenny 1952 1952 2,400,000
New Zealand Penny 1952 1952 10,800,000
New Zealand Threepence 1952 1952 8,000,000
New Zealand Sixpence 1952 1952 3,200,000
New Zealand Shilling 1952 1952 600,000
United Kingdom Shilling 1952 English 1952 unknown
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1952 1952 2
United Kingdom Sixpence 1952 1952 1,013,477
United Kingdom Threepence 1952 (Brass) 1952 25,494,400
United Kingdom Fourpence 1952 (Maundy) 1952 1,064
United Kingdom Threepence 1952 (Maundy) 1952 1,012
United Kingdom Twopence 1952 (Maundy) 1952 1,064
United Kingdom Penny 1952 (Maundy) 1952 1,012
Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget: Some useful external links
The Royal Mint Museum: Humphrey Paget Museums Victoria: Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974)
Wikipedia: Thomas Humphrey Paget