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 They were re-valued at 5 shillings 6 pence in 1811 and were withdrawn in 1817-1818.

Obverse Description

Laureate and drapes bust of the King facing right; around, GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX

Reverse Description

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.

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