Shilling 1924, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Shilling 1924, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1990)
CoinShilling 1924

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.

This design, featuring the English lion on top of St Edwards Crown, was introduced at the beginning of the reign of King Edward VII in 1902; it was later introduced on the sixpence too, in 1911. The design was issued until 1927.

The composition was Sterling Silver (0.925 silver) with 0.1682 oz ASW (ounce of Absolute Silver Weight) until 1920 when it was debased to 50% (0.0903 oz ASW) together with the rest of the silver coinage. 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. Thus, a shilling coin issued in 1924 was legal tender for 66 years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage9,250,095 (9.3 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Shilling 1924 - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the bare (uncrowned) head of King George V facing left.

Below, on the neck truncation in small letters, are the designer's initials B.M. (for [Sir Edgar] Bertram Mackennal )

Around, the monarch's legend: GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX. Translated from Latin: George the Fifth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains.

The portrait was re-cut some time during 1921 and is shallower than earlier issues on some 1921 shillings and all subsequent issues until 1926 inclusive.

Obverse Inscription GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Reverse
United Kingdom / Shilling 1924 - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse shows St Edward's Crown surmounted by the crowned Lion of England. Named after Saint Edward the Confessor, the crown 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). The lion is walking to left, its head turned to face the viewer.

The date of issue 1924 is within the central circle, divided by the crown.

Within a beaded border, around above is the continuation of the monarch's legend: FID: DEF: IND: IMP: (abbreviated from FIDEI DEFENSOR INDIAE IMPERATOR - Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India).

Around below, the denomination ONE SHILLING.

Reverse Inscription FID: DEF: IND: IMP: ONE SHILLING 1924
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Shilling 1924: Known varieties
Variety Satin specimen
Mintage Issued: 2. Rarity: R7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known)
Shilling 1924: References to Information Used
Showing 81 from a total of 181 coins of type: Shilling
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Shilling 1918 34,915,934 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1919 10,823,824 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1920 22,825,142 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1921 22,648,763 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1922 27,215,738 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1923 14,575,243 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1924 9,250,095 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1925 5,418,764 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1926 22,516,453 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1927 Old Type 9,262,244 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1927 New Type 9,262,244 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1928 18,136,778 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1929 19,343,006 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1930 3,137,092 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1931 6,993,926 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1932 12,168,101 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1933 11,511,624 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1934 6,138,463 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1935 9,183,462 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1936 11,910,613 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Shilling 1937 English 8,385,524 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1937 Scottish 6,775,277 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1938 English 4,833,436 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1938 Scottish 4,797,852 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1939 English 11,052,677 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1939 Scottish 10,263,892 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1940 English 11,099,126 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1940 Scottish 9,913,089 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1941 English 11,391,883 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1941 Scottish 8,086,030 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1942 English 17,453,643 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1942 Scottish 13,676,759 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1943 English 11,404,213 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1943 Scottish 9,824,214 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1944 English 11,586,751 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1944 Scottish 10,990,167 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1945 English 15,143,404 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1945 Scottish 15,106,270 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1946 English 18,663,797 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1946 Scottish 16,381,501 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1947 English 12,120,611 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1947 Scottish 12,283,223 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1948 English 45,576,923 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1948 Scottish 45,351,937 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1949 English 19,328,405 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1949 Scottish 21,243,074 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1950 English 19,261,385 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1950 Scottish 14,317,114 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1951 English 9,976,930 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1951 Scottish 10,981,174 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1952 English (Proof only) unknown King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Shilling 1953 English 41,982,894 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA BRITT: OMN: REGINA
Shilling 1953 Scottish 20,703,528 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA BRITT: OMN: REGINA
Shilling 1954 English 30,162,032 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1954 Scottish 26,771,735 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1955 English 45,259,908 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1955 Scottish 27,950,906 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1956 English 44,970,009 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1956 Scottish 42,853,639 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1957 English 42,774,217 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1957 Scottish 17,959,988 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1958 English 14,392,305 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1958 Scottish 40,822,557 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1959 English 19,442,778 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1959 Scottish 1,012,988 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1960 English 27,027,914 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1960 Scottish 14,375,932 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1961 English 39,816,907 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1961 Scottish 2,762,558 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1962 English 36,704,374 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1962 Scottish 18,967,310 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1963 English 44,714,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1963 Scottish 32,300,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1964 English 13,617,440 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1964 Scottish 5,246,560 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1965 English 11,236,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1965 Scottish 31,364,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1966 English 15,002,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1966 Scottish 15,604,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1970 English (Proof only) 750,476 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Shilling 1970 Scottish (Proof only) 750,476 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
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Shilling 1924: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeShilling, Lion on Crown First Design
Issued1924
MonarchKing George V
EffigyKing George V - Bare Head, by Bertram Mackennal
ReverseSt Edward's Crown
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
Total Mintage9,250,095 (9.3 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1990
Material0.500 Silver
DesignerGeorge William de Saulles
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size23.500 mm
Mass5.655 g
OCC IDQBVY-XEWR-CWYB-OJZN
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