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Here is a Great Rarity: 1946 English Reverse (?) Shilling

7Jaguars7Jaguars Posts: 7,185 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited December 27, 2022 10:01AM in World & Ancient Coins Forum

Rare? Why? This coin is not even uncirculated. Post if you know why.

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  • giorgio11giorgio11 Posts: 3,806 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Strictly a guess. Wrong metal or wrong die axis?

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  • gscoinsgscoins Posts: 276 ✭✭✭

    Well, I don't know why, but I am going to hazard a guess. 1946 was the last year for British coins to have 0.500 silver; in 1947 they went to CuNi. Is it possible this coin is a CuNi that was used for testing, and somehow go out into circulation?

  • 7Jaguars7Jaguars Posts: 7,185 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow, you are so spot on!!! This coin was struck in copper nickel and was in all likelihood a pattern for the upcoming coins that were to be struck in copper nickel for the 1947 year. I actually got this many years ago in a Belgian auction of all places and not seen ANY others before or since; supposedly such coins were struck also in the sixpence and florin series but nobody I have ever talked to has seen them...

    Love that Milled British (1830-1960)
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  • HoledandCreativeHoledandCreative Posts: 2,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow!

  • 7Jaguars7Jaguars Posts: 7,185 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Funny how even though I collect the series and therefore have my "eyes up" for various coins coming up that I just happened to come across this coin at auction - even then (12 years ago about) it cost 800 euros plus commission. I have tried to track down the other denominations to no avail.

    Love that Milled British (1830-1960)
    Well, just Love coins, period.
  • TwoKopeikiTwoKopeiki Posts: 9,504 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Pretty cool find!

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