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George VI Coins

George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death.

There were in effect three coinages during his reign, with a switch from silver alloy to cupro-nickel in 1947, and the change of titles resulting from the Independance of India in 1949.

Gold Coins

A four coin gold proof series was issued in 1937 to celebrate the coronation. All four gold coins had Pistrucci's St George and the Dragon on the reverse. The king's portrait was shown facing left, restoring the alternating sequence broken by Edward VIII. The obverse was designed by Humphrey Paget, and the effigy remained unchanged throughout the reign. It was used on all denominations. Unusually, these gold coins all had plain edges.

No gold coins were struck during the remainder of his reign.


Silver Coins

The Silver Crown reverse was identical to that on the Edward VIII patterns. 418,699 circulating coins were issued as mementoes of the coronation.

The Silver Half-Crown design was modified from the Edward VIII design by substituting a shield for the royal standard.

The Florin design of the reverse was retained, with the only change being the substitution of GR for ER.

The Shilling For the first time there were two versions of the shilling. The 'English' shilling retained the basic style of the George V shilling with a lion on all fours on top of the Tudor crown. The date was now split, rather than being in the legend. The 'Scottish' shilling retained the design used for the Edward VIII shilling, although the crown used remained the Tudor crown, rather than the Scottish crown.

The Edward VIII Sixpence design was not retained. Instead a crowned monogram GRI was used, flanked by the date (GRI stands for Georgius Rex Imperator). All dates from 1937 to 1946 are common.

The Edward VIII silver Threepence design was not used for the circulation threepence, which used a shield of St.George mounted on a Tudor rose. Issued alongside the new brass version until 1941, those minted after that date were issued in the West Indies. The last were dated 1945, but many were melted down and only one of that date has been found. The 1944 coin is very scarce, while the 1942 and 1943 are difficult in uncirculated condition.

The Maundy coins used the traditional crowned numeral. In 1947 the coins reverted to .925 silver from the .500 silver used since 1920.

 GEORGE VI 1936 - 1952

British 1943 Half Crown Value | 1943 Silver Half Crown
British 1943 Half Crown Value | 1943 Silver Half Crown
 
Country: British Alloy: Silver , Year: 1943
British 1945 Half Crown Value | 1945 Silver Half Crown
British 1945 Half Crown Value | 1945 Silver Half Crown
 
Country: British Alloy: Silver , Year: 1945
1942 Farthing British | British Farthing 1942
1942 Farthing British | British Farthing 1942
 
Country: British Alloy: Bronze , Year: 1942
1948 Sixpence Value | British 1948 Sixpence Value
1948 Sixpence Value | British 1948 Sixpence Value
 
Country: British Alloy: Cupronickel , Year: 1948
UK 1939 Florin Value | 1939 Two Shillings Value
UK 1939 Florin Value | 1939 Two Shillings Value
 
Country: British Alloy: Silver , Year: 1939
1941 Farthing British | British Farthing 1941
1941 Farthing British | British Farthing 1941
 
Country: British Alloy: Bronze , Year: 1941
British 1949 Halfpenny Value | George VI 1949 Half Penny
British 1949 Halfpenny Value | George VI 1949 Half Penny
 
Country: British Alloy: Bronze , Year: 1949
1944 Silver Florin Value | UK 1944 Two Shillings Value
1944 Silver Florin Value | UK 1944 Two Shillings Value
 
Country: British Alloy: Silver , Year: 1944
British 1938 Half Crown Value | 1938 Silver Half Crown
British 1938 Half Crown Value | 1938 Silver Half Crown
 
Country: British Alloy: Silver , Year: 1938
British 1942 Halfpenny Value | George VI 1942 Half Penny
British 1942 Halfpenny Value | George VI 1942 Half Penny
 
Country: British Alloy: Bronze , Year: 1942
1938 Farthing British | British Farthing 1938
1938 Farthing British | British Farthing 1938
 
Country: British Alloy: Bronze , Year: 1938
1950 Farthing British | British Farthing 1950
1950 Farthing British | British Farthing 1950
 
Country: British Alloy: Bronze , Year: 1950
British 1944 Half Crown Value | 1944 Silver Half Crown
British 1944 Half Crown Value | 1944 Silver Half Crown
 
Country: British Alloy: Silver , Year: 1944
British 1948 Halfpenny Value | George VI 1948 Half Penny
British 1948 Halfpenny Value | George VI 1948 Half Penny
 
Country: British Alloy: Bronze , Year: 1948
1944 Silver Sixpence Value | British Silver 1944 Sixpence Value
1944 Silver Sixpence Value | British Silver 1944 Sixpence Value
 
Country: British Alloy: Silver , Year: 1944
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