|Coin Type||Five 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 They were re-valued at 5 shillings 6 pence in 1811 and were withdrawn in 1817-1818.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.
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 Inscription||GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX|
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 Inscription||FIVE SHILLINGS DOLLAR BANK OF ENGLAND 1804|