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Coins of the United Kingdom
Great Britain, Victoria, 20 June 1837 - 22 January 1901

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |Victoria,| |20| |June| |1837| |-| |22| |January| |1901
||crown|
Queen Victoria inherited the throne at 18, after her father's three elder brothers had all died leaving no legitimate, surviving male children. The UK was already a constitutional monarchy, in which the sovereign held relatively little direct political power. Privately, Victoria attempted to influence government policy and ministerial appointments. Publicly, she became a national icon and was identified with strict standards of personal morality. Her reign of 63 years and seven months is known as the Victorian era. The inscription "Decus et Tutamen" can be translated to mean both "glory and defense" or "an ornament and a safeguard." The inscription was intended to both enhance the design of the coin and protected it against clipping.
UK99734. Silver crown, SCBC 3882, SCWC KM 741, gF, toned, light scratches and marks; DECUS ET PUTAMEN ANNO REGNI VIII ✿ (glory and defense in the 8th regnal year) on edge, weight 27.981 g, maximum diameter 38.0 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1845; obverse VICTORIA DEI GRATIA (Victoria, by the grace of God), young head left, two plain bands around hair, 1845 below; reverse BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID : DEF : (Queen of the British Territories, Defender of the Faith), crowned quartered shield of Royal Arms (England 1st and 4th quarters, Scotland 2nd, and Ireland 3rd), surrounded by laurel wreath open at the top and tied with a ribbon at the bottom; united rose, thistle, and shamrock below; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00 ON RESERVE


Great Britain, George III, 25 October 1760 - 29 January 1820,

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |George| |III,| |25| |October| |1760| |-| |29| |January| |1820,||3| |shilling|
Bank Tokens are silver coins that were issued by the Bank of England for a brief time during the reign of George III. They filled a desperate need for coins which had not been issued in any significant quantity for many years. They were issued as 1/6d (One Shilling and Sixpence) and 3/- (Three Shillings).
UK99735. Silver 3 shilling, SCBC 3770, SCWC KM Tn5, VF, light toning, light scratches and marks, weight 14.652 g, maximum diameter 34.9 mm, die axis 0o, 1814; obverse GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX (George III, by the Grace of God, King), laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse BANK / TOKEN / 3 SHILL. / 1814, in four lines within wreath of oak and olive; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00


Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |George| |IV,| |29| |January| |1820| |-| |26| |June| |1830||sixpence|
From 1811 until his accession, George IV served as regent during his father's mental illness. He forbade his wife from attending his coronation and unsuccessfully attempted to divorce her, which brought the contempt of the people. For most of George's regency and reign, Prime Minister Lord Liverpool controlled the government with little help from George. George's extravagant lifestyle and wasteful spending angered taxpayers at a time when Britain was fighting the Napoleonic Wars. He did not provide leadership in a time of crisis, nor did he act as a role model for his people. Liverpool led Britain's ultimate victory, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. George IV was succeeded by his younger brother William.
UK98543. Silver sixpence, SCBC 3814, SCWC KM 691, AU, cleaned, weight 2.814 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1825; obverse GEORGIUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX: F: D:, Laureate head left, tiny B.P. below (engraver Benedetto Pistrucci); reverse HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (shame on him who thinks evil of it - the motto of the Order of the Garter), crowned coat of arms in garter, ANNO 1825 below; $135.00 SALE PRICE $122.00


Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830, For Use in Malta

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |George| |IV,| |29| |January| |1820| |-| |26| |June| |1830,| |For| |Use| |in| |Malta||1/3| |farthing|
George IV was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from the death of his father, King George III, on 29 January 1820 until his own death ten years later. He had already been serving as Prince Regent since 5 February 1811, during his father's final mental illness. He led an extravagant lifestyle that contributed to the fashions of the Regency era. He was a patron of new forms of leisure, style and taste. He commissioned John Nash to build the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and remodel Buckingham Palace. He commissioned Jeffry Wyatville to rebuild Windsor Castle.
UK98539. Bronze 1/3 farthing, SCBC 3827, SCWC KM 703, EF, small scratches and marks, weight 1.446 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 0o, London mint, 1st issue, 1827; obverse GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1827, Laureate head left; reverse BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF, Britannia seated right, floral pattern in exergue; $105.00 SALE PRICE $95.00


Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |George| |IV,| |29| |January| |1820| |-| |26| |June| |1830||farthing|
From 1811 until his accession, George IV served as regent during his father's mental illness. He forbade his wife from attending his coronation and unsuccessfully attempted to divorce her, which brought the contempt of the people. For most of George's regency and reign, Prime Minister Lord Liverpool controlled the government with little help from George. George's extravagant lifestyle and wasteful spending angered taxpayers at a time when Britain was fighting the Napoleonic Wars. He did not provide leadership in a time of crisis, nor did he act as a role model for his people. Liverpool led Britain's ultimate victory, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. George IV was succeeded by his younger brother William.
UK98540. Copper farthing, Peck 1414, SCBC 3822, SCWC KM 677, AU, tiny scratches and marks, weight 4.732 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1st issue, 1822; obverse GEORGIUS IIII DEI GRATIA (George IV, by the grace of God), laureate and draped bust left; reverse BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF: (King of The British territories, Defender of the Faith), Britannia seated right, arm on shield, holding laurel branch and trident, 1822 below; $105.00 SALE PRICE $95.00


Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |George| |IV,| |29| |January| |1820| |-| |26| |June| |1830||farthing|
From 1811 until his accession, George IV served as regent during his father's mental illness. He forbade his wife from attending his coronation and unsuccessfully attempted to divorce her, which brought the contempt of the people. For most of George's regency and reign, Prime Minister Lord Liverpool controlled the government with little help from George. George's extravagant lifestyle and wasteful spending angered taxpayers at a time when Britain was fighting the Napoleonic Wars. He did not provide leadership in a time of crisis, nor did he act as a role model for his people. Liverpool led Britain's ultimate victory, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. George IV was succeeded by his younger brother William.
UK98541. Copper farthing, Peck 1414, SCBC 3822, SCWC KM 677, gVF, small scratches and marks, weight 4.622 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1st issue, 1826; obverse GEORGIUS IIII DEI GRATIA (George IV, by the grace of God), laureate and draped bust left; reverse BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF: (King of The British territories, Defender of the Faith), Britannia seated right, arm on shield, holding laurel branch and trident, 1826 below; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |George| |IV,| |29| |January| |1820| |-| |26| |June| |1830||sixpence|
From 1811 until his accession, George IV served as regent during his father's mental illness. He forbade his wife from attending his coronation and unsuccessfully attempted to divorce her, which brought the contempt of the people. For most of George's regency and reign, Prime Minister Lord Liverpool controlled the government with little help from George. George's extravagant lifestyle and wasteful spending angered taxpayers at a time when Britain was fighting the Napoleonic Wars. He did not provide leadership in a time of crisis, nor did he act as a role model for his people. Liverpool led Britain's ultimate victory, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. George IV was succeeded by his younger brother William.
UK98542. Silver sixpence, SCBC 3814, SCWC KM 691, aVF, toned, light marks and scratches, weight 2.770 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1824; obverse GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIA REX F:D: (William, by the Grace of God), laureate head left, tiny B.P. below (engraver Benedetto Pistrucci); reverse HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (shame on him who thinks evil of it - the motto of the Order of the Garter), crowned coat of arms in garter, ANNO 1824 below; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00 ON RESERVE


Great Britain, William IV, 26 June 1830 - 20 June 1837

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |William| |IV,| |26| |June| |1830| |-| |20| |June| |1837||three-halfpence|
William IV was the third son of George III and younger brother and successor to George IV, he was the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain's House of Hanover. He was nicknamed the "Sailor King" because he served in the Royal Navy in his youth. He served in North America and the Caribbean. Since his two older brothers died without leaving legitimate issue, he inherited the throne at 64 years old. His reign saw reforms: the poor law was updated, child labor restricted, slavery abolished in nearly all the Empire, and the electoral system was reformed. Although William did not engage in politics as much as his brother or his father, he was the last monarch to appoint a prime minister contrary to the will of Parliament. He granted his German kingdom a short-lived liberal constitution. At the time of his death, William had no surviving legitimate children, but he was survived by eight of the ten illegitimate children he had by the actress Dorothea Jordan, with whom he cohabited for twenty years. William was succeeded in the United Kingdom by his niece, Victoria, and in Hanover by his brother, Ernest Augustus.
UK98545. Silver three-halfpence, SCBC 3839, SCWC KM 719, aVF, light marks, scratches, weight 0.712 g, maximum diameter 12.3 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1834; obverse GULIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: (William IV, by the grace of God, King of the British territories, Defender of the Faith), bare head right; reverse crowned denomination 1 1/2, 1834 below, within oak wreath; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Great Britain, William IV, 26 June 1830 - 20 June 1837

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |William| |IV,| |26| |June| |1830| |-| |20| |June| |1837||farthing|
William IV was the third son of George III and younger brother and successor to George IV, he was the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain's House of Hanover. He was nicknamed the "Sailor King" because he served in the Royal Navy in his youth. He served in North America and the Caribbean. Since his two older brothers died without leaving legitimate issue, he inherited the throne at 64 years old. His reign saw reforms: the poor law was updated, child labor restricted, slavery abolished in nearly all the Empire, and the electoral system was reformed. Although William did not engage in politics as much as his brother or his father, he was the last monarch to appoint a prime minister contrary to the will of Parliament. He granted his German kingdom a short-lived liberal constitution. At the time of his death, William had no surviving legitimate children, but he was survived by eight of the ten illegitimate children he had by the actress Dorothea Jordan, with whom he cohabited for twenty years. William was succeeded in the United Kingdom by his niece, Victoria, and in Hanover by his brother, Ernest Augustus.
UK98546. Copper farthing, SCBC 3848, SCWC KM 705, gVF, light stains, small scratches and marks, weight 4.796 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, London mint, 1831; obverse GULIELMUS IIII DEI GRATIA (William the 4th, by the Grace of God), bare head right, incuse W.W (engraver William Wyon) on base of neck truncation, 1831 below; reverse BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF: (King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith), Britannia seated right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, resting right hand on shield at side, incuse line on saltire, trident in left hand, rose below; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Great Britain, Victoria, 20 June 1837 - 22 January 1901

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |Victoria,| |20| |June| |1837| |-| |22| |January| |1901||Double| |Florin|NEW
The double florin was one of the shortest-lived British coin denominations ever, only being produced during four mint years, between 1887 and 1890. The coin acquired the nickname of "Barmaid's Grief" due to its similarity to the slightly larger crown coin (worth 5 shillings, 25% more than the double florin), as neither coin was marked with its denomination and both used an identical portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse.
UK90242. Silver Double Florin, SCBC 3923, F, toned, bumps, scratches, weight 21.950 g, maximum diameter 36.0 mm, die axis 0o, London mint, 1889; obverse VICTORIA DEI GRATIA (Victoria, by the grace of God), Jubilee bust left, crowned, veiled, and draped; reverse FID: - DEF: - BRITT: - REG: 18-89 (Defender of the Faith, Queen of the British Territories, Arabic 1 in date), Coat of arms comprised of four crowned shields, England (x2, top and bottom), Ireland (left), and Scotland (right), in cruciform arrangement, the four crowns dividing the legend and date, scepters between the shields; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00 ON RESERVE




  



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