In 1931 King George V was on the throne and the world was in the height of the
Great Depression. Our coins were struck in 500 fine silver and the lowest silver
denomination struck was the Threepence.
You have the bare head of the King on one side and three acorns on the other side.
The coins on offer are all dated 1931 and are in Fine condition. These coins are now
87 years old. They make a wonderful gift or you can use them in the Christmas pudding.
In either case, most people under a certain age will never have seen them. Get
them while you can.
Iknow it sounds strange, what with the Royal Mint issuing commemorative coins
almost daily, but the first commemorative coin for this country was the 1935
Crown. It was issued to honour the Silver Jubilee of King George V 1910-1935. There
were no other commemorative coins for this country before the 1935 Crown, although
we still don’t know about the Gothic Crown.
It has a rather unusual rendition of St. George slaying the dragon and we were the first
people to say it looked like a rocking horse. From then it rapidly became known as
‘The Rocking Horse Crown’. You must remember that this country was in depression
as was the rest of the world, so a Crown or Five Shilling piece was a lot of money at
We have some nice Extremely Fine examples of this first ever British commemorative
Crown to offer you. Extremely Fine is a very high grade and considering the
coin is now 83 years old, we think it is a winner.
One of the most difficult denominations to get, in Uncirculated condition,
is the Halfpenny. It was a denomination that was regularly used
and thus usually comes in circulated condition.
We went through one of our vault rooms and found a box of 1953
Coronation Halfpennies in Uncirculated condition taken from the Mint Set
of that year; they came out of a plastic folder. Over the past 65 years they
have mellowed a bit, but they have never seen circulation. Years ago we
offered the 1953 Penny and that quickly sold out; we expect the same thing
to happen on the Coronation halfpenny.
At the end of the pre-decimal series, many of the dates are difficult to get in Uncirculated
condition. This 1963 Florin is no exception, after all the Florin is the most difficult
denomination to get in Uncirculated.
These were put away at the time they were issued, which is now 55 years ago. Queen
Elizabeth II coins are much underappreciated, especially when you are looking for them.
As the round pound is no longer being made, many collectors will be trying to
put together a date set in Uncirculated condition and let us tell you many of
the dates are tough in Uncirculated. Not many people put away pound coins, after
all it was a considerable amount of money.
This round pound was struck in 1990 and has the Welsh leek inside a crown.
The coins are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and are now 28 years old.