Shilling, George IV Third Issue, Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Shilling, George IV Third Issue, Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1825 - 1829)
Coin TypeShilling, George IV Third Issue

The pre-decimal shilling (1s), also abbreviated in sums as e.g. 1/- for one shilling, was a unit of currency equalling one twentieth of a pound sterling, or twelve pence sterling; the "s" in the abbreviation is not from "shilling" but from "sestertius" - the Roman coin which was the ancestor of the denomination. It was used in the United Kingdom, and earlier in Great Britain and England.

The third type of shilling coins struck during the reign of King George IV) was issued from 1825 to 1829 only. Its design is the same as the sixpence coin issued between 1826 and 1829; they only differ by their size and weight (the shilling is exactly double the weight of the sixpence). The new reverse by William Wyon depicts the Lion of England standing on the crown of St Edward. The coins feature a new obverse too, also by William Wyon, showing an older portrait of the king.

The composition is Sterling Silver (0.925 silver) and the coins have 0.1682 oz ASW (ounce of Absolute Silver Weight). When the currency became decimal in 1971, shillings were re-denominated as five new pence; they remained legal tender until 1990, when a smaller type of five pence replaced them.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Shilling, George IV Third Issue - obverse photo

Within a beaded border, the obverse of the coin depicts the bare head of King George IV facing left (effigy by William Wyon).

Around above, part of the monarch's legend GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA - translated from Latin, George the Fourth, by the Grace of God. The rest of the legend is on the reverse.

Below the effigy, the date: · [year] ·.

Obverse Inscription GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA · [year] ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Shilling, George IV Third Issue - reverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse of the coin shows at its centre the Royal crest, depicting the Lion of England standing on St Edward's Crown.

The crown is named after Saint Edward the Confessor, one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England. It has been traditionally used to crown English and British monarchs at their coronations since the 13th century, with a two-century gap between 1689 and 1911 so King George IV was not himself crowned with it.

Below the crown, a rose, thistle and shamrock - the floral emblems of England, Scotland and Ireland respectively.

Around, the continuation of the monarch's legend: BRITANNIARUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR - King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIARUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR
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Shilling, George IV Third Issue: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofShilling
From1825
To1829
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size24.000 mm
Mass5.655 g
Shilling, George IV Third Issue: Photos
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Coin - Shilling, George IV, Great Britain, 1826
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