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

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

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Features

Country United Kingdom
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1954-1970
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# 904, Sp# 4147
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: 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

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);


Images above are reproduced with kind permission of
Numista member Sjoelund and Declan Magee Coins

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1954  30,262,000 0.40 0.23 0.49 1.02
1954  Proof
1955  45,259,900 0.29 0.64 1.12
1955  Proof
1956  Proof
1956  44,907,000 0.42 rev C (smaller beads)
1956  0.39 0.64 1.07 rev D (larger beads)
1957  42,774,200 0.16 0.21 0.56 0.90
1957  Proof
1958  14,392,300 0.64 0.84 0.62 1.28
1958  Proof
1959  19,442,700 0.42 0.65 1.68
1959  Proof
1960  27,027,900 0.31 0.67 1.80 1.81
1960  Proof
1961  39,816,900 0.31 0.33 0.72
1961  Proof
1962  36,704,300 0.17 0.20 0.45 0.65 3.73
1962  Proof
1963  49,434,000 0.42 0.12 0.39 0.54 1.36
1963  Proof
1964  8,590,900 0.26 0.36 0.62
1964  Proof (reported not confirmed)
1965  9,216,000 0.34 0.39 0.68 0.61
1965  Proof (reported not confirmed)
1966  15,002,000 0.41 0.64 0.47 1.30
1966  Proof (reported not confirmed)
1970  750,000 8.98 Proof only

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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