United Kingdom: Coin Type English Shilling (First Design, silver) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Type English Shilling (First Design, silver) (issued 1937 - 1946)
Coin TypeEnglish Shilling (First Design, silver)

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

Composition: 0.500 silver (0.0903 oz ASW).


Bare head of King George VI facing left; around, part of the the monarch's legend in Latin GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX (George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains); below the neck truncation in small letters are the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).

Obverse InscriptionGEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX

Crowned lion standing left on crown, head facing, dividing the date; 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 InscriptionFID: DEF: IND: IMP: [year] ONE SHILLING
Edge InscriptionNone
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
English Shilling (First Design, silver): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofShilling
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
Material0.500 Silver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
Size (mm)23.5000
Mass (g)5.6600