Proof Coin - Shilling, George VI, Great Britain, 1947 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 1652

Cupro-Nickel coin; Denomination: Shilling
Royal Mint, London
George VI (1936-1952), Scottish reverse

A shilling is a 12 pence coin. At the end of World War II saw the price of silver which had been 24 pence an ounce in 1939 risen to 55.5 pence (the London controlled price) apparently with none available. The free suppliers price at the time was 70 pence and even there supplies were very limited. In addition the UK government was under obligation to repay in kind 88,000,000 ounces to the USA obtained during the War. It was therefore decided to abandon silver for circulating coinage and substitute a cupro-nickel alloy. The first coins made with the new alloy were struck in 1947. This coin is a proof-of-record strike of the new coinage.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.641 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974), The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection, HRH George VI (1895-1952)
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: proof
DateEra: 1947 AD
Denomination: 1 Shilling
Obverse Description: Bare head of the King facing left; below neck in small letters, HP (T. Humphrey Paget); around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX
Reverse Description: Crowned Scottish lion facing, holding sword and sceptre, on crown dividing a shield bearing the cross of St. Andrew and a thistle, and the date, 1947; around above, FID: DEF: IND: IMP:; around below, ONE SHILLING; in small letters divided by the lion, K G (G. Kruger Gray)
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Cupro Nickel
Issued By: HM George VI, England, Great Britain
Mint: Royal Mint, London
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London
References: 77th Annual Report of the Deputy Master of the Royal Mint, 1946 p.1.
  1. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 4104 Pages

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