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Shilling


The Shilling is a silver coin formerly in circulation worth 12 pence, or one twentieth of an old pound. The first Shilling coin was produced in 1503, but there are mentions and reference in older English documents dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. The Shilling was an essential part of UK currency, and most transactions were stated in multiple of shillings and pence.

No British coin collection would be complete without the Shilling. For more information about Shillings coins please call customer support on 0121 634 8060 or email us at [email protected]

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1899 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

1899 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

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from £76.30 Buy
1901 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

1901 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

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from £86.70 Buy
1897 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

1897 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

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from £90.70 Buy
1888 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

1888 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

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1892 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

1892 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

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1883 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

1883 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

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1826 George IV Silver Shilling

1826 George IV Silver Shilling

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from £175.70 Buy
1723 George I Silver Shilling SCC - Good Very Fine

1723 George I Silver Shilling SCC - Good Very Fine

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from £195.10 Buy
1878 Queen victoria Shilling die no 59

1878 Queen victoria Shilling die no 59

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1881 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

1881 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

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1885 Victoria Silver Shilling

1885 Victoria Silver Shilling

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from £225.80 Buy
1814 George III Silver Three Shilling Bank Token

1814 George III Silver Three Shilling Bank Token

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from £226.60 Buy
1872 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

1872 Queen Victoria Silver Shilling

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1700 William III Silver Shilling

1700 William III Silver Shilling

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1693 William and Mary silver Shilling

1693 William and Mary silver Shilling

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Elizabeth I Shilling - Good Fine

Elizabeth I Shilling - Good Fine

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from £315.48 Buy
1858 Shilling CGS 78

1858 Shilling CGS 78

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1634-5 Charles I Hammered Silver Shilling mm Bell

1634-5 Charles I Hammered Silver Shilling mm Bell

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1723 George I Silver Shilling

1723 George I Silver Shilling

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from £525.30 Buy
1685 James II Silver Shilling

1685 James II Silver Shilling

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from £895.70 Buy
1663 Charles II Shilling

1663 Charles II Shilling

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1555 Philip and Mary Hammered Silver Shilling

1555 Philip and Mary Hammered Silver Shilling

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1816 George III  Silver Shilling

1816 George III Silver Shilling

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1887 Victoria Silver Shilling

1887 Victoria Silver Shilling

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The Shilling was first minted during the reign of King Henry VII, as a 'testoon' but its more common name was soon adopted. The name Shilling is derived from the Old English 'scilling'. The testoon suffered from debasement for much of the Tudor period, dropping in value to six pence by 1544. It wasn't until the time of Queen Elizabeth I that the metal content was returned to its pre-debasement levels, and the value returned to 12 pence.

Shillings were one of the most common measurements for all British transactions, with pence as an addition. If something cost 64 pence, this would have been quoted as 5 shillings and four pence, or ' five and four'. The slang term 'bob' became popular for the shilling as well.

The Shilling would go on to be minted for centuries. 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%).

Even when British coins were decimalised in the 1970s the Shilling would live on; continuing as legal tender with a value of five new pence until December 31st, 1990.

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If you like Shillings then you may also be interested to know that we also stock numismatic gold coins and silver coins.

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