1937 Penny – George VI


The 1937 Penny - George VI

The first issue of the George VI pennies. As was common for the first issue of a Monarch's coins, a proof version was also issued. SCBC: 4114.

The Reverse, by Leonard Charles Wyon, shows the seated figure of Britannia, with a trident  in her left hand and hold a shield at her side with her right hand. She sits on a rock with the sea and a lighthouse in the background.

The Obverse shows a portrait of King George VI by Humphrey Paget.

Images used by permission of The Royal Mint


Mintage: 88,896,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1937 ?
The monarch was George VI, who had his Coronation on 12th May. UK Prime Minister was Stanley Balwin but after retiring was replaced with Neville Chamberlin. Frank Whittle tests the first jet engine. The 12-sided threepenny bit was introduced. The abdicated Edward VIII becomes the Duke of Winsor and marries Wallis Simpson. The Dandy comic is first published. JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit is published.
George VI (1936-1952)
George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death on 6 February 1952. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth. His parents were George V and Mary of Teck.

George VI married Elizabeth (known as the Queen Mother) and is the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
General Description: Penny
The Penny is one of the most famous British coins. The coin itself has been around since 600AD and at various times has been struck in silver, copper and bronze. Originally split into halfpennies and farthing, it is now itself the least denomination coin currently in circulation. Made from copper (actually copper plated steel).

Originally there were 12 pennies in one shilling and 240 pennies in £1; since decimalisation in 1973 there are 100 new pence in one pound.

Specifications of the Penny

  • Diameter: (Bronze) 31 mm (since 1860)
  • Edge: Plain
  • Composition:
    • (1707–1796) Silver
    • (1797–1859) Copper
    • (1860–1970) Bronze
  • Years: 1707–1970
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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ONE PENNY GB UK GEORGE VI  CHOOSE YOUR DATE!     ONE COIN/BUY!
ONE PENNY GB UK GEORGE VI CHOOSE YOUR DATE! ONE COIN/BUY!
£ 0.99
1937 TO 1951 GEORGE VI PENNY / PENNIES CHOICE OF YEAR / DATE
1937 TO 1951 GEORGE VI PENNY / PENNIES CHOICE OF YEAR / DATE
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1937 to 1949 George VI Bronze Penny Your Choice of Date / Year
1937 to 1949 George VI Bronze Penny Your Choice of Date / Year
£ 1.35
1937 TO 1952 GEORGE VI HALF PENNY / HALF PENNIES CHOICE OF YEAR / DATE
1937 TO 1952 GEORGE VI HALF PENNY / HALF PENNIES CHOICE OF YEAR / DATE
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King George VI One Penny Choice 1937 - 1951 Pick Your Own; Choose from list
King George VI One Penny Choice 1937 - 1951 Pick Your Own; Choose from list
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1937 TO 1951 GEORGE VI PENNY / PENNIES CHOICE OF YEAR / DATE
1937 TO 1951 GEORGE VI PENNY / PENNIES CHOICE OF YEAR / DATE
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GB-1937-PENNY COIN-KING GEORGE VI-#VC289
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GB-1937-PENNY COIN-KING GEORGE VI-#VC286
GB-1937-PENNY COIN-KING GEORGE VI-#VC286
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