In the reign of King George V the Royal Mint ran out of capacity to strike enough coins for everyday usage, so they contracted out the minting of some Pennies. One of the two Mints they used was the King’s Norton Mint, unlike the Birmingham Mint, the King’s Norton Mint had never struck coins for them before.
They only made pennies for the Mint in 1918 and 1919 and all of these coins carry the ‘KN’ mint mark by the left of the date. Of the two mints, the King’s Norton is by far the most difficult to get.
We have a nice little group of the 1918 issue in Fine condition. Remember these KN Pennies were only ever struck for two years.
It is strange but true; the Royal Mint did not strike a lot of the bronze coins that were issued
in this country. In fact at one point they were using two private mints to strike coins for
them. The Heaton Mint which has a mintmark ‘H’ as on this coin and the Kings Norton Mint
which used a ‘KN’ mintmark. Interesting enough, both private mints have gone out of business.
This Penny is dated 1918, which was during World War I and we guess the Royal Mint had
too many other things on its plate. The mintmark is below Britannia to the left of the date. The
coins on offer are in Fine condition and are rather difficult to find these days.
The Royal Mint didn’t strike this 1918 Penny but the Mint Birmingham Ltd did. Why not
add one to your collection?
In 1919 the Royal Mint issued the last ever Sterling Silver Threepence for circulation. The next year,
1920, they reduced the silver content in our coins from 925 fine silver to 500 fine silver.
King George V was on the Throne and World War I was just over, the economy needed the extra
income from less silver in our coinage. We can offer the last ever Sterling Silver Threepence in Fine condition
for just £8.50. It shows what inflation does to our money, today there is no silver in our coins just
cupro-nickel and even the smallest coins are only copper plated steel.
This King George V threepence is dated 1916, issued during World War I, and
most importantly, it is struck in Sterling Silver. Our coinage would be struck in
Sterling Silver for just 3 more years.
The coins are in Fine condition and have the bare head portrait of the King on one
side and a crowned ‘3’ on the other. A nice coin to add to your collection and it
is 102 years old.
This George V Sterling Silver threepence was issued in 1914 just at the start of World War
One. Later, in 1920, they reduced the fineness of the silver used in our coinage from 925
(Sterling) to 500 fine or half silver.
This little ‘Joey’ as the threepence was known was the smallest silver coin issued at the
time for circulation. The coins have the bare head of the King on one side and a crowned ‘3’
on the other side. The coins are in Fine condition and are now 104 years old.
This King George V Threepence is dated 1916, issued during World War One and most
importantly is struck in Sterling Silver. Our coinage would be struck in Sterling Silver for
just 3 more years.
The coins are in Fine condition and have the bare head portrait of the King on one side
and a crowned ‘3’ on the other side. A nice coin to add to your collection and it is 102 years