United Kingdom: Coin Type Five Shillings - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Type Five Shillings (issued 1804 - 1804)
Coin TypeFive Shillings

Overstruck Spanish American 8 Real coin issued by the Bank of England with a value of 5 shillings 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 They were re-valued at 5 shillings 6 pence in 1811 and were withdrawn in 1817-1818.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. On neck truncation in small letters, the artist's initials C H K (for Conrad Heinrich Küchler).

Obverse InscriptionGEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX
Reverse

At centre within a crowned oval band inscribed, FIVE SHILLINGS DOLLAR, Britainnia seated facing left holding a spear and extending an olive branch, her left arm rests on a shield which in turn rests on a cornucopia from which fruit flows; to left. a beehive; around, BANK OF ENGLAND 1804. A small K at left side of shield (designer's initial, for [Conrad Heinrich] Küchler).

Reverse InscriptionFIVE SHILLINGS DOLLAR BANK OF ENGLAND 1804
Edge
Edge Inscription
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Five Shillings: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
From1804
To1804
Face Value5 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1818)
Material0.903 Silver
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)
Mass (g)
Five Shillings: Photos
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George III, Silver Dollar, 1804
Copyright: JNCoins
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George III, Silver Dollar, 1804
Copyright: JNCoins
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