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This coin is in near MINT QUALITY condition untouched, uncleaned, in original used with LITTLE sign of wear.

Circumscription around the head on the obverse side 'GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX FD:' on the reverse 'HONI.SOIT.QUI MAL.Y. PENSE' surrounds the crowned Royal coat of arms 'ANNO 1824' exergue.

A good coin to start or add to a collection.

The Origin of the Shilling

The scilling or scylling (which possibly comes from the Teutonic root skil meaning to divide) was used in Anglo-Saxon times as money of account, even though no coins of that denomination existed. It was mentioned not only in Anglo-Saxon poems as scylling, but also in the 14th century by the poet Langland as shilling.

The Saxon Scilling was considered to be five pence (a fore-runner of decimalisation when the shilling equalled five new pence?!), but William I fixed its value at twelve pence, the value that continued until 1971.

The shilling was often known as a 'bob' as in 'Have you got a couple of bob you can lend me?'. The origin of this term is uncertain, although a 'bobe' was a French one-and-a-half denier coin of the 14th Century (the Oxford English Dictionary considers its survival in this way to be unlikely). There is also a possible connection with Sir Robert Walpole; it is speculation that the 'King's shilling' given to Army recruits may be the link here.

The Testoon

The shilling, or testoon as it was originally called, valued at 12 pence was first issued in 1502 during the reign of Henry VII. These early issues are extremely rare.

DCB antique Code: NA841/1824 527


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