1551 Shilling – Edward VI


The 1551 Shilling - Edward VI

An Edward VI silver shilling, struck between 1551 and 1553 at the Tower Mint, London. Third period. SCBC 2482. Diameter 33mm and weight of 6.1g.

The Reverse shows the Royal coat-of-arms with a long cross fourchée (meaning with forked ends).

The Obverse shows a portrait of Edward VI. Tudor Rose on left. 'XII' on right is the mark of value, representing 12 pence (= one shilling).

Images used by permission of CNGCoins.


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1551 ?
1551 in Roman Numerals is MDLI. Monarch is Edward VI, the Boy King. The Regent is John Dudley. Silver sixpence and silver crown first minted.
Edward VI (1547-1553)
Edward VI of England was born on 12 October 1537, the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. He became King of England and Ireland in 1547 aged only 9 years old, having a Coronation on 20 February 1547. He was in the house of Tudor. Due to his young age, the realm was governed by a regency council led by his uncle Edward Seymour and then by John Dudley.

Edward died on 6 July 1553 (just 15 years old) after a serious illness and was buried in Westminster Abbey. Edward had decided that his first cousin once removed, the 16-year-old Lady Jane Grey, should become Queen. However, after his death his half-sisters Mary and Elizabeth desputed the succession and after only nine days Jane was removed from the throne (and subsequently executed) and Mary became Queen of England and Ireland.
General Description: Shillings
The Shilling (written 1/-) is one-twentienth of a pound, worth 12 old pence (5 new pence). It is traditionally a silver coin, but since 1947 it has been made from cupro-nickel. Shillings are known as 'Bobs'.

Shillings are old coins and the English shilling has been around since about 1549, although there were 12 pence coins before that called Testoons from about 1489. The British shillings was the continuation from 1707.

After decimalisation on 15 February 1971, the coin was replaced by the five new pence piece. Originally, the 5p coin was the same size as the shilling but was later made much smaller.
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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Edward vi hammered silver Shilling  1551-3 mm Tun  S2482
Edward vi hammered silver Shilling 1551-3 mm Tun S2482
£ 350.00
Edward VI third period mm Tun London 1551-3 Shilling aVF/VF
Edward VI third period mm Tun London 1551-3 Shilling aVF/VF
£ 395.00
Edward VI Hammered Silver Shilling Third Period MM = Tun (1551) S2482 scratches
Edward VI Hammered Silver Shilling Third Period MM = Tun (1551) S2482 scratches
£ 150.00
Edward VI Shilling. 1551-53. Tun
Edward VI Shilling. 1551-53. Tun
£ 235.00
W324: 1551-3 Edward VI Hammered Fine Silver Shilling, ex Spink, im Y, Spink 2482
W324: 1551-3 Edward VI Hammered Fine Silver Shilling, ex Spink, im Y, Spink 2482
£ 245.00
W230: 1551 Edward VI Hammered Silver Shilling, ex Lingford (1948), Spink 2482
W230: 1551 Edward VI Hammered Silver Shilling, ex Lingford (1948), Spink 2482
£ 285.00

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