Sexy lions!

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It's been a while since I posted a silver piece! So, here are two sexy English shillings I have in my possession, minted in 1929 and 1930:



Imo, these lions are pretty sick, especially the finer details if we zoom a bit:


As for the old fella on the other side, he is King George V:

George V( George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936. He was the second son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, and was third in the line of succession to the British throne behind his father and elder brother, Prince Albert Victor. From 1877 to 1892, George served in the Royal Navy, until the unexpected death of his elder brother in early 1892 put him directly in line for the throne. On Victoria's death in 1901, George's father ascended the throne as Edward VII, and George was created Prince of Wales. He became king-emperor on his father's death in 1910. source

To give you some perspective, the late Princess Elizabeth whom you probably have heard was his latest grand daughter.

Ok that's enough history for today.

Let's talk a bit about the actual coins. The front reads in Latin "GEORGIVS V DEI GRA:BRITT:OMN:REX" for "George the Fifth by the Grace of God King of all the Britains".

On the back we have the minting date, denomation and inscribed in Latin "FID·DEF IND·IMP" for "Defender of the Faith Emperor of India".

No inscriptions on the edge of the coin:


When it comes to silver, these babies are 0.500 pure, each with a weight of 5.66 g. So that's 2.83 g of silver per coin. With today's spot price, that's about 1.55 $ worth of silver per coin.

Here's some more info from numista with more technical details:



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