Six Shillings, Coin Type from Ireland, Kingdom of - detailed information

Six Shillings, Coin Type from Ireland, Kingdom of (issued 1804 - 1804)
Coin TypeSix Shillings

Overstruck Spanish American 8 Real coin issued 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 They were withdrawn in 1817-1818.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.

Obverse

Laureate and draped bust of King George III facing right; around, GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX.

Obverse Inscription GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX
Reverse

Hibernia (or, wrongly, Britannia according to some sources) seated facing left, her left arm rests on a harp; around, BANK OF IRELAND TOKEN SIX SHILLINGS; below, the date 1804.

Reverse Inscription BANK OF IRELAND TOKEN SIX SHILLINGS 1804
EdgeEdge Inscription
Coin Type: Six Shillings - (1) Coins
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Six Shillings: Details
CountryIreland, Kingdom of
CurrencyIrish Pound (Kingdom of Ireland)
From1804
To1804
Face Value6 (x Pound)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1818)
MaterialSilver
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size
Mass