Silver coin; Denomination: Dollar (Emergency) 5 Shillings
Soho Mint, Birmingham
George III (1760-1820)
Overstruck Spanish American 8 Real coin issued by the Bank of England with a value of 5 shillings to supplement a deficiency in British silver coins (Grueber p. 151). The coins were struck by the Soho Mint, Birmingham between 1804 and 1811 though all bear the date 1804. They were re-valued at 5 shillings 6 pence in 1811 and were withdrawn in 1817-1818.
Laureate and drapes bust of the King facing right; around, GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX
At centre within a crowned oval band inscribed, FIVE SHILLINGS DOLLAR, Britainnia seated facing left holding a spear and extending an olive branch, her left arm rests of a shield which in turn rests on a cornucopia from which fruit flows; to left. a beehive; around, BANK OF ENGLAND 1804. A small K at left side of shield. To the right of the date the remnant of the original mint mark PTS (monogram) of the Potosi Mint, Bolivia.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11 Jan 1978
Type of item
40 mm (Outside Diameter), 26.69 g (Weight)
[Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 2767 Pages