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New Military Coins from The Royal Mint
ENGRAVED IN HISTORY
New Military Coins from The Royal Mint
ENGRAVED IN HISTORY

This original shilling is from 1819, the year in which Queen Victoria was born. Queen Victoria’s father, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, was the fourth son of George III and she inherited the throne because her three uncles – George VI, Frederick Duke of York and William IV – had no legitimate children who survived.

Shillings were commonly used coins in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. In a time when £1 equalled 20 shillings and 1 shilling equalled 12 pence, the sixpence was effectively a half-shilling coin.

With a single shilling, you could buy dinner in a steakhouse, including beef, bread and beer plus a tip, or a pound of perfumed soap, pay the postage for a one-page letter from London to New York, or buy a pound of Parmesan cheese.

Specification

Specification Value
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 5.66 g
Diameter 24.00mm
Reverse Designer Thomas Wyon
Obverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Specification Value
Quality Circulating
Year 1819
Pure Metal Type Silver
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