Five Shillings 1804, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Shillings 1804, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1818)
CoinFive Shillings 1804

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 They were re-valued at 5 shillings 6 pence in 1811 and were withdrawn in 1817-1818.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.

MintSoho Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Shillings 1804 - obverse photo

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
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Shillings 1804 - reverse photo

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
EdgeEdge Inscription
Five Shillings 1804: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Five Shillings 1804: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
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Five Shillings 1804: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeFive Shillings
Issued1804
MonarchKing George III
EffigySecond laureate bust by Conrad Küchler
Face Value5 (x Shilling)
Total Mintageunknown
Material0.903 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
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Five Shillings 1804: Photos
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George III, Silver Dollar, 1804
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George III, Silver Dollar, 1804
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Coin - Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804-1811
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Coin - Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804-1811
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Coin - Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804-1811
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Notes: Host coin visible. To the right of the date the remnant of the original mint mark PTS (monogram) of the Potosi Mint, Bolivia.
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Coin - Emergency Bank of England Dollar, George III, Great Britain, 1804-1811
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Notes: Host coin visible. Spanish legend under the King's effigy.
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Five Shillings 1804: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# Tn1, KM# Tn1a (Proof)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3768
Davenport101