In 1951 World War II was over and finally the UK was coming out of rationing and the shortages that we had all to suffer during this long dark period. To celebrate this change, the Government held a vast exhibition and festival which became known as the Festival of Britain and it was held on the South Bank in London.
The Royal Mint issued a special crown, the first since the Coronation of King George VI in 1937.
This time the crown was struck in cupro-nickel, the first ever crown struck in cupro-nickel. They also issued two stamps for the Festival of Britain. Remember that King George VI only ever had two crowns.
Here we present the crown in Uncirculated condition sold alongside the stamps for the Festival of Britain.
The Florin as a denomination was first issued only in 1848, under Queen Victoria. This 1945 Silver Florin is the penultimate year of issue of any Florin in Silver and as such we think that it
is a very important coin for your collection. It was struck under King George VI. The coins on offer are in very high grades, About Uncirculated and Uncirculated.
As most collectors know the Florin is the most difficult denomination to find, we don’t know why this is, but it just is. The coins are beautiful and struck in 500 fine silver, you will be proud
to have one in your collection. Remember, the year after in 1849 was the last year ever that our coins were struck in silver.
The two lowest mintages of the old Penny coin were struck in 1950 and 1951 during the reign of King
George VI. In 1950 they only made 240,000 coins that means for £1000 you could have bought all
the 1950 Pennies they ever made. Until very recently numismatists have always thought that all the 1950
Pennies were shipped to Bermuda for use after World War II. Now we know that this information is
wrong. They were also sent to the Bahamas in the West Indies.
How do we know? Because a good friend went to the Bahamas 50 years ago and advertised in the
newspapers to buy these coins. For the past 50 years these coins have lain in his safe deposit box
Now these coins were actually used in circulation, because after the War there was a great shortage
of small change. The island has a very salty atmosphere and thus the coins are very scarce in the higher
grades. The coins on offer are in Fine and Very Fine condition and remember they only struck a total of
240,000 1950 Pennies for circulation.
Most collections are missing this date of King George VI Penny, but now you can change all that.
Now you can add a Key Date 1950 Penny to your collection, while this Bahamas Hoard lasts. But there
are far more collectors who want this coin than there are coins to satisfy those needs. You have been
The cupro-nickel coinage was first made in 1947 and this type was only made for two years 1947 and 1948.
We have the King George VI 1948 Shillings issued with the Scottish reverse in About Uncirculated. Both are difficult
to find, as this is an anniversary year, they were struck 70 years ago.
A two year only type coin with the Scottish reverse and in high grade, how much more could you ask for?