1787 George III Shilling
Own one of Britain's most infamous coins..
Today you can own the George III Shilling - also known as 'The King's Shilling'.
It is the stuff of legend that Royal Navy press gangs would try any means to get potential recruits to ‘take the King’s Shilling’ – the signing up bounty for new sailors.
Acceptance of the shilling was deemed to be a commitment to recruitment in the King’s service, and as the dreadful food, harsh labour and risk of death did not appeal to many, the coin was often surreptitiously dropped in a ‘free’ pint and handed over.
It is even said that glass-bottom tankards were invented so that the drinker could see the coin in the bottom of the glass and refuse the drink!
Your George III silver shilling was struck in 1787 – when Britannia ruled the waves and British naval power was widely deployed around the Empire – and could well have been a coin that tricked an unsuspecting tavern-dweller into a life at sea.
This infamous coin was the second type of shilling issued under the reign of George III and was struck in only one year (1787) meaning it is even more scarce and collectible than others of its era.
Your coin comes presented in a Leatherette Presentation Box within a tamper-proof capsule and a Certificate of Authenticity.
Secure a piece of history by adding to your cart today!
- Years of Issue: 1787
- Diameter: 26mm
- Weight: 6g
- Metal: Silver
- Obverse: George III
- Reverse: Cruciform Pentagonal Shields around Star with Crowns in Angles
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