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1813 George III Three Shilling Bank Token

1813 George III Three Shilling Bank Token Obverse

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A very collectable silver Bank of England issue Three Shilling token of king George the Third dated 1813. The obverse features the second laureate head of the king facing right, and the reverse shows the value and date within a wreath of laurel and oak leaves with acorns. An unusual sideways ‘O’ is stamped over the ’S’ and ‘H’ of ‘SHILL’. These intriguing coins were struck in the latter years of the Napoleonic Wars as the conflict led to financial instability in Britain and the mass hoarding of gold and silver coins. The Royal Mint could not keep up with demand for replacement currency and - as a temporary measure - began issuing tokens. First, in the form of counter-marked Spanish coinage and later as these fascinating Bank Tokens which circulated as legal tender coinage. This is a fascinating area to collect with numerous die anomalies to study. Spink 3770.
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Second laureate bust of George III, facing right. Legend: GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX'. Engraver: Lewis Pingo


Oak and laurel wreath with leaves and acorns and a gap at the top. Text, on three lines in center: 'BANK TOKEN 3 SHILL 1813'.


EF - A very light tone with mild golden colour, especially to the obverse with an ‘O’ countermark on ‘SH’ of ‘SHILL’ - otherwise near Extremely Fine.


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