United Kingdom: Coin Type Shilling George III - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Type Shilling George III (issued 1816 - 1820)
Coin TypeShilling George III

This shilling type was struck between 1816 and 1820 and features the bust of George III, by then subject to the regency of his son the Prince of Wales. Its design is the same as the sixpence coin issued at the same time; they only differ by their size and weight (the sixpence is exactly half the weight of the shilling).

Composition: 0.925 silver (0.1682 oz ASW).

Obverse

Laureate head of King George III facing right; around, GEOR : III D : G : BRITT : REX F : D :; below, the date.

Obverse InscriptionGEOR : III D : G : BRITT : REX F : D : [year]
Reverse

Crowned and garnished shield bearing royal Arms within the Garter with motto HONI SOIT Q MAL Y PENSE.

"Honi soit qui mal y pense" is an Anglo-Norman maxim which means "Shame on whosoever would think badly of it," or "May he be shamed who thinks badly of it". Its literal translation from Old French is "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it."

Reverse InscriptionHONI SOIT Q MAL Y PENSE
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
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Shilling George III: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofShilling
From1816
To1820
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
Material0.925 Silver
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)
Mass (g)5.6552
Shilling George III: Photos
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Coin - Shilling, George III, Great Britain, 1816
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Coin - Shilling, George III, Great Britain, 1816
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