5 Shillings - George VI Festival of Britain

5 Shillings - George VI (Festival of Britain) -  obverse5 Shillings - George VI (Festival of Britain) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United Kingdom
King George VI (1936-1952)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1951
Value 1 Crown = 5 Shillings (1/4)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 28.28 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness 2.9 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 10641
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References KM# 880,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Sp# 4111
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

Festival of Britain, 1951

Obverse

Uncrowned portrait of King George VI left, legend around.

Lettering:
GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX F:D:
FIVE SHILLINGS

Translation: George the Sixth by the Grace of God King of all the Britains Defender of the Faith

Engraver: Thomas Humphrey Paget

Thomas Humphrey Paget OBE was an English medal and coin designer and modeller. Paget's designs are indicated by the initials 'HP'. 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.

Reverse

St. George slaying the dragon right, date and engraver's initials in exergue.

Lettering: 1951 B.P

Engraver: Benedetto Pistrucci

Benedetto Pistrucci was a distinguished Italian Gem-engraver, medallist and coin-engraver who became Chief-medallist at the Royal Mint in England.

Edge

Incuse legend in Latin

Lettering: MDCCCLI CIVIUM INDUSTRIA FLORET CIVITAS MCMLI

Translation: 1851 By the industry of its people the state flourishes 1951

5 Shillings - George VI (Festival of Britain) -  obverse

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Comments

The standard weight of these coins was 10/11 troy ounce (436.4 grains). Under the Coinage Act of 1946, the composition changed from .500 silver to .750 copper/.250 nickel but the weight remained unchanged.

This coin was not included in demonetization legislation when decimalization was introduced in 1971. It has been confirmed by the Royal Mint that the coin remains legal tender, having been remonetized with a value of 25 pence.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1951  50 4% Frosted V.I.P. Proof, narrow edge legend
1951  2 0.6% Matte Proof FDC
1951  $ 10 4% plain edge Proof FDC
1951  1 983 500 $ 9.01 $ 6.60 $ 9.92 $ 9.58 $ 12 92% Prooflike

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