1 Shilling - Elizabeth II English shield; no 'BRITT:OMN'

1 Shilling - Elizabeth II (English shield; no 'BRITT:OMN') -  obverse1 Shilling - Elizabeth II (English shield; no 'BRITT:OMN') -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1954-1970
Value 1 Shilling = 12 Pence (1/20)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 5.66 g
Diameter 23.5 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-31-1990
Number N# 882
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 904,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
Sp# 4147
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.

Obverse

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

Note: no 'BRITT:OMN'

Lettering:
+ ELIZABETH·II·DEI·GRATIA·REGINA
M·G·

Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen

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 English shield of arms dividing date, legend above, denomination below.

Lettering:
FID DEF
19 57
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

1 Shilling - Elizabeth II (English shield; no 'BRITT:OMN') -  obverse

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.

1955 reverse die varieties:
Large design Narrower rim, thinner teeth, characteristic angular appearance;
Small design Broader rim, thicker teeth, characteristic rounded appearance;

1956 reverse die varieties:
Rev C D of FID between beads, I of FID at a bead, D of DEF at a bead, right quatrefoil at a bead (smaller beads);
Rev D D of FID to left of bead, I of FID between beads, D of DEF to left of bead, right quatrefoil to right of bead (larger beads);


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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1954  30 262 000 $ 0.29 $ 0.74 $ 0.28 $ 0.52 $ 1.00 $ 2.60 27%
1954  0.3% Proof
1955  45 259 900 $ 0.46 $ 0.32 $ 0.29 $ 0.58 $ 1.16 $ 2.60 33%
1955  0.4% Proof
1956  0.5% Proof
1956  44 907 000 $ 1.28 $ 0.35 $ 0.55 $ 0.46 $ 0.58 $ 2.60 12% rev C (smaller beads)
1956  $ 0.61 $ 0.32 $ 0.58 $ 1.16 23% rev D (larger beads)
1957  42 774 200 $ 0.13 $ 0.16 $ 0.27 $ 0.58 $ 0.93 $ 2.60 30%
1957  0.3% Proof
1958  14 392 300 $ 0.44 $ 0.61 $ 0.49 $ 0.64 $ 1.29 $ 2.60 19%
1958  0.18% Proof
1959  19 442 700 $ 0.23 $ 0.15 $ 0.30 $ 0.58 $ 1.00 $ 1.74 $ 1.73 19%
1959  0.2% Proof
1960  27 027 900 $ 0.17 $ 0.13 $ 0.35 $ 0.61 $ 1.04 $ 2.31 $ 2.29 23%
1960  0.3% Proof
1961  39 816 900 $ 0.20 $ 0.28 $ 0.29 $ 0.35 $ 0.77 $ 0.70 29%
1961  0.2% Proof
1962  36 704 300 $ 1.28 $ 0.27 $ 0.27 $ 0.46 $ 0.58 $ 1.14 $ 0.99 28%
1962  0.2% Proof
1963  49 434 000 $ 0.36 $ 0.13 $ 0.23 $ 0.44 $ 0.57 $ 1.19 $ 1.39 34%
1963  0.3% Proof
1964  8 590 900 $ 0.32 $ 0.26 $ 0.41 $ 0.64 $ 1.29 $ 2.59 12%
1964  0.13% Proof (reported not confirmed)
1965  9 216 000 $ 0.13 $ 0.35 $ 0.58 $ 0.71 $ 1.35 $ 0.90 13%
1965  0.16% Proof (reported not confirmed)
1966  15 002 000 $ 1.28 $ 0.24 $ 0.58 $ 0.61 $ 0.52 $ 1.16 $ 1.32 19%
1966  0.2% Proof (reported not confirmed)
1970  750 000 $ 5.97 5% Proof only

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