Obverse Inscription - GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX - By the Grace of God George VI King of all Britain
Reverse Inscription - FID:DEF:IND:IMP - Defender of the Faith and Emporour of India
More Information About George VI Shillings
The word Shilling pre-dates the denomination, it was an accounting term
used by the Saxons and was used to describe five pence. It was not
until the Reign of William I that the value of the Shilling was
changed to twelve pence and its value was fixed at twelve pence until
Decimalization in 1971. The Shilling continued to circulate after decimalization alongside the Five Pence, it was finally removed from
circulation when in 1990 the Five Pence was made smaller.
George VI Shilling's were struck from 1937 until 1951. Their were
two different reverses used on George VI Shilling's, one
representing England and another representing Scotland. Their were also
changes made to the inscription on George's Shilling's removing any
mention of India after she gain her independence in 1949. Their was
also a further debasement of the coinage which meant from 1947 their
was no longer any silver content in the coins of the UK.
Both the English and Scottish reverses were designed by George Kruger Gray. The
English device is of a Crowned Lion standing across a Crown with its tail
visible and split in three at the end. The Scottish device is another
Crowned Lion sitting upright upon a Crown and facing straight out of
the coin facing the viewer. The Scottish Lion is also holding a sword
and a sceptre.