2 Shillings - Elizabeth II 1st portrait; no 'BRITT:OMN'

2 Shillings - Elizabeth II (1st portrait; no 'BRITT:OMN') -  obverse2 Shillings - Elizabeth II (1st portrait; no 'BRITT:OMN') -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1954-1970
Value 2 Shillings = 1 Florin (0.1)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 11.31 g
Diameter 28.5 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 06-30-1993
References KM# 906,
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# 4146
Emma Howard (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (55th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.

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

Central Tudor rose surrounded by thistles, shamrocks and leeks, legend above, denomination and date below.

Lettering:
FID: DEF:
TWO SHILLINGS 1965
E·F C·T

Translation: Defender of the Faith (Fidei Defensatrix)

Engravers: Edgar Fuller, Cecil Thomas

Cecil Walter Thomas, OBE, FRBS, was a British sculptor and medallist. As a sculptor, he created many private memorials for display in churches and cemeteries and as a medallist was regularly commissioned by the Royal Mint.

Edge

Reeded

Comments

The standard weight of these coins was 4/11 troy ounce (174.5 grains). Under the Coinage Act of 1946, the composition changed from .500 silver to .750 copper/.250 nickel but the weight remained unchanged.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1954  13,085,400 0.57 0.36 1.45 1.20 15%
1954  0.12% Proof
1955  25,887,200 0.43 0.36 0.83 1.20 21%
1955  0.3% Proof
1956  47,824,500 0.16 0.60 0.66 0.96 31%
1956  0.4% Proof
1957  33,071,200 0.26 0.41 0.35 0.82 1.13 24%
1957  0.3% Proof
1958  9,564,500 0.43 0.67 1.20 2.10 11%
1958  0.13% Proof
1959  14,080,300 0.13 0.43 0.35 1.20 1.57 14%
1959  0.13% Proof
1960  13,831,700 0.58 0.36 0.82 1.34 14%
1960  0.12% Proof
1961  37,735,300 0.12 2.23 0.26 0.83 1.41 3.93 2.55 25%
1961  0.4% Proof
1962  35,147,900 0.43 0.36 0.67 1.20 5.09 24%
1962  0.3% Proof
1963  26,471,000 2.23 0.31 0.65 1.07 2.69 20%
1963  0.19% Proof
1964  16,539,000 0.75 0.53 0.82 1.20 1.11 5.37 15%
1965  48,163,000 1.20 0.35 0.65 0.77 1.07 4.36 28%
1966  83,999,000 0.26 0.24 0.30 0.60 1.20 1.20 1.31 40%
1967  39,718,000 0.96 0.60 0.83 1.11 1.73 1.75 28%
1970  750,000 5.85 5% Proof only

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