Information about effigy: King George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget

King George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget
United Kingdom / Sovereign 1937 (Proof only)

This effigy shows the uncrowned portrait of King George VI facing left. It was designed by Thomas Humphrey Paget (rendered more often as just Humphrey Paget).

Thomas Humphrey Paget OBE (13 August 1893 - May 1974) was an English medal and coin designer and modeller. Paget's designs are indicated by the initials HP - in this case, in small letters under the King's neck.

Paget was first approached by the Royal Mint in 1936 after the accession of King Edward VIII. Paget's recommendation had come via his earlier design for the obverse of a medal featuring the then-Prince of Wales. After some controversy regarding the direction the monarch was to face on the coinage (it had been tradition for each successive monarch to face in the opposite direction to the predecessor; Edward felt that the features of his left were better than his right), Paget's work was approved in two slightly differing designs: one for silver and another for non-silver. However Edward's abdication meant that, apart from a few trial dies, Paget's designs never reached the minting stage.

A measure of the success of the Edward portrait can be seen in the fact that Paget alone was commissioned to design King George VI's effigy in 1937. He is the only artist to have a second obverse design approved for use in sterling coinage in the 20th century. The portrait of King George VI has since been described as "the classic coinage head of the 20th century".

This effigy was used on Imperial coinage (the United Kingdom) and some of the dominions. Some colonies used the crowned portrait of King George IV by Percy Metcalfe instead.

King George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget - Example/s on coins
United Kingdom / Sovereign 1937 (Proof only)

King George VI on gold coinage

United Kingdom / Sovereign 1937 (Proof only)

The uncrowned effigy of King George VI on a gold coin from the Coronation proof set. It is combined with a Latin legend.

King George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget - showing 100 of 394 coins (Page 1 of 4)
CountryNameMintageLegend
Australia Penny 1937 (pattern) 12 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Crown 1937 1,800,100 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Threepence 1937 (pattern) 15 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
New Zealand Shilling 1937 890,200 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
New Zealand Half Crown 1937 672,200 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
New Zealand Threepence 1937 2,880,200 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
New Zealand Sixpence 1937 1,280,000 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
New Zealand Florin 1937 1,190,200 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
United Kingdom Threepence 1937 (Silver, circulating) 8,174,558 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Shilling 1937 English 8,385,524 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Penny 1937 (Maundy) 1,325 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Penny 1937 George VI 109,058,406 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Halfpenny 1937 George VI 27,732,002 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Fourpence 1937 (Maundy) 1,325 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Sixpence 1937 22,328,926 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) 5,501 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Five Pounds 1937 (Proof only) 5,501 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1937 9,132,842 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Two Pounds 1937 (Proof only) 5,501 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Twopence 1937 (Maundy) 1,325 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Threepence 1937 (Brass) 45,734,359 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) 5,501 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Two Shillings (Florin) 1937 13,033,183 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Crown 1937 445,101 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX.
United Kingdom Threepence 1937 (Maundy) 1,325 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Farthing 1937 George VI 8,157,606 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Shilling 1937 Scottish 6,775,277 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Australia Sixpence 1938 2,864,250 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Halfpenny 1938 3,014,250 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Crown 1938 101,800 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Shilling 1938 1,484,250 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1938 2,990,250 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Penny 1938 5,552,650 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Threepence 1938 4,560,250 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Shilling 1938 English 4,833,436 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Threepence 1938 (Silver, circulating) 6,402,473 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Threepence 1938 (Brass) 14,532,332 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Fourpence 1938 (Maundy) 1,275 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Sixpence 1938 13,402,701 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Farthing 1938 7,449,600 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Threepence 1938 (Maundy) 1,275 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Shilling 1938 Scottish 4,797,852 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Twopence 1938 (Maundy) 1,275 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Penny 1938 121,560,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Halfpenny 1938 40,320,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Penny 1938 (Maundy) 1,275 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Two Shillings (Florin) 1938 7,909,388 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1938 6,426,478 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Australia Halfpenny 1939 Commonwealth of Australia 4,382,400 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Sixpence 1939 1,600,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Threepence 1939 3,856,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Penny 1939 6,240,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo 504,100 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Shilling 1939 1,520,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1939 630,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
New Zealand Threepence 1939 3,000,000 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
New Zealand Sixpence 1939 700,000 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
United Kingdom Threepence 1939 (Silver, circulating) 1,355,866 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Shilling 1939 English 11,052,677 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Threepence 1939 (Maundy) 1,234 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Farthing 1939 31,440,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Fourpence 1939 (Maundy) 1,234 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Threepence 1939 (Brass) 5,603,021 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Twopence 1939 (Maundy) 1,234 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1939 15,478,635 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Penny 1939 (Maundy) 1,234 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Two Shillings (Florin) 1939 20,850,607 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Sixpence 1939 28,670,304 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Penny 1939 55,560,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Shilling 1939 Scottish 10,263,892 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Halfpenny 1939 28,924,800 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Sixpence 1940 1,600,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Penny 1940 5,188,800 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Shilling 1940 760,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Threepence 1940 3,840,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1940 8,410,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Halfpenny 1940 2,294,400 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
New Zealand Florin 1940 500,000 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
New Zealand Half Crown 1940 (Centennial) 100,800 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
New Zealand Threepence 1940 2,000,000 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
New Zealand Sixpence 1940 800,000 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
New Zealand Shilling 1940 500,000 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
New Zealand Halfpenny 1940 3,432,005 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
New Zealand Penny 1940 5,424,005 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
United Kingdom Shilling 1940 English 11,099,126 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Threepence 1940 (Silver, circulating) 7,914,401 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Fourpence 1940 (Maundy) 1,277 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Threepence 1940 (Maundy) 1,277 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Sixpence 1940 20,875,196 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Shilling 1940 Scottish 9,913,089 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Farthing 1940 18,360,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Penny 1940 42,284,400 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Two Shillings (Florin) 1940 18,700,338 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Threepence 1940 (Brass) 12,636,018 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Penny 1940 (Maundy) 1,277 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1940 17,948,439 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
United Kingdom Halfpenny 1940 32,162,400 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
United Kingdom Twopence 1940 (Maundy) 1,277 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1941 7,694,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Penny 1941 14,382,800 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
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King George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget: Details
Year1937
Personal InformationKing George VI of the United Kingdom
King George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget: Photos
ImageDetails
King George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget: Photo Coin - 1 Shilling, South Africa, 1938 Coin - 1 Shilling, South Africa, 1938
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author: Justine Philip
Notes: Silver.
Source
King George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget: Photo Coin - 1 Shilling, New Zealand, 1951 Coin - 1 Shilling, New Zealand, 1951
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author: Heath Warwick
Notes: Cupro-Nickel.
Source
King George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget: Photo Proof Coin - 1 Penny, South Africa, 1937 Proof Coin - 1 Penny, South Africa, 1937
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author: Justine Philip
Notes: Bronze.
Source
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