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1 Shilling - Elizabeth II Scottish shield; with 'BRITT:OMN'

1 Shilling - Elizabeth II (Scottish shield; with 'BRITT:OMN') -  obverse 1 Shilling - Elizabeth II (Scottish shield; with 'BRITT:OMN') -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1953
Value 1 Shilling = 12 Pence (1/20 LSD)
Metal Copper-nickel
Weight 5.66 g
Diameter 23.5 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-31-1990
References KM# 891, Sp# 4140
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Young laureate bust of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, legend around.

Note: with 'BRITT:OMN'

Lettering: + ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA BRITT:OMN:REGINA

Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen of all the Britains

Engraver: Mary Gillick

Mary Gillick was a sculptor best known for her effigy of Elizabeth II used on coinage in the United Kingdom and elsewhere from 1953 to 1970.

Reverse

Crowned Scottish shield of arms dividing date, legend above, denomination below.

Lettering:
FID DEF
19 53
W G
ONE SHILLING

Translation: Defender of the Faith

Engraver: William Maving Gardner

William Maving Gardner (25 May 1914 in Newcastle – 28 December 2000) was an English coin designer, engraver, calligrapher and writer who worked regularly for the Royal Mint over a 30-year period. He is notable for designing coins such as the British 20 Pence Coin and some of the coins of Cyprus, New Zealand, Jordan, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka and the Falkland Islands.

Edge

Reeded

Comments

The original weight of these coins was 2/11 troy ounce (87.3 grains). Under the Coinage Act of 1946, the composition changed from .500 silver to .750 copper/.250 nickel but the weight remained at 87.3 grains.

Two die varieties exist for this type - Obverse 1 from the plastic set issue and Obverse 2 struck for circulation:
Obv 1 Shallow portrait, I of LIZ at a bead, I of GRATIA between beads, : after OMN between beads, legs of N in OMN at beads,
R of BRITT away from truncation;
Obv 2 Recut portrait, I of LIZ between beads, I of GRATIA to the right of a bead, : after OMN at a bead, legs of N in OMN between beads, R of BRITT close to truncation;

Image above is reproduced with kind permission of
Numista member Sjoelund and Declan Magee Coins

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1953  20,663,500 0.25 0.38 0.88 0.73 3.09
1953  2 Matte Proof
1953  40,000 Proof

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