During the reign of King George III there was a great shortage of small change.
The last type of Halfpenny issued for this Monarch were struck in 1806 and
1807. We recently purchased a nice group of the 1806 issue, the first year of issue in
Fine and Very Fine condition.
You have the bust of King George III dressed as a Roman on one side and the
seated figure of Britannia on the other side. These were the last copper George III
halfpennies issued. After the Currency Reform Act of 1816, they didn’t bother to
issue any halfpennies.
In 1816 there was the Currency Reform Act, which allowed coins to be struck even
without the Monarch’s permission. This was put into place because of King George
III’s illness and the shortage of small change. From 1816 on, new designs, new
weights new everything.
These are the first of the new Sterling Silver Sixpences issued from 1816-1820.
You have the bull head of the King on one side and a crowned shield on the other side.
Even in this grade supplies are limited.
How do you know this is a twopence? We were asked this question the other day and the simple answer is, if it weighs two ounces then
it is Twopence, if it weighs an ounce then it is a Penny. They were only issued for one year in 1797; the public hated them, because they weighed so much.
This was one of the first coins to be struck under steam pressure on Boulton and Watts steam
press. Because they are pure copper they nick and scratch very easily. You have the bust of
King George III on one side and a seated Britannia on the other side.
This coin is offered in Very Good condition. We give you the best
example that we have in stock, but due to the softness of the metal there will be some dings.
A great talking piece and only issued in 1797.
In 1816 the government made all of the older coins no longer legal tender.
They then issued a whole series of new coins, which were of course legal
tender. This is the first type of Crown or Five Shillings to be issued for King
George III. They are struck in Sterling Silver and were issued only from 1818-
This coin is now proving very hard to get and it has been sometime since
we last had enough to offer them. Dates of our choice, but we offer them here in Very Good condition. A very important coin as it
was the first of the ‘new’ coinage to be struck.