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The Shilling

The British shilling was a coin first produced under Henry the Eighth and was then known as a Testoon. The coin was legal tender in the United Kingdom until 1990 when it was demonitised. After decimalisation its value was equal to five new pence whilst previously it was equivalent to 12 pennies. Until 1950, this coin contained silver, but until the end of production it would subsequently be made out of cupro-nikel mixes as would many other previously silver coins. The coin would evolve throughout its long lifespan. The shillings featured here are of the monarchs Victoria and George and each of them bears a slightly different design and distinct portrait of their respective monarch (Jubilee head for Queen Victoria).

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My 1890 Shilling

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