The Shilling is a silver coin formerly in circulation worth 12 pence. The first Shilling coin was produced in 1503, but there are mentions and reference in older English documents dating back to Anglo-Saxon times.
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In 1816 under King George III the coins became standardised at 92.5% silver purity. During the war years of 1920 - 1946, silver shillings were reduced - like all other silver coins - to be 500 purity (50%).