Mintage:1,000,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:24mmWeight:5.66gEdge:ReededComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
The 1912 Shilling was the second year in the George V series and was struck at the Royal
Mint in London to a
of 1,000,000. This relatively low
makes the piece quite a challenge to obtain in any grade. In mint-state the piece often exhibits hairlines due to the
distribution process via ship from the United Kingdom which makes the type very hard to obtain beyond MS64.
In 1912 this time the price of silver was relatively low meaning which meant that the production of silver pieces was
extremely profitable for the Royal Mint. A number of newspaper reports published on this fact expressing some level of dissatisfaction
with the low physical value of the Shilling pieces compared to their face-value. One article explained that the production
of each Shilling makes the Royal Mint approximately a threepence of profit.
(The Telegraph, 1913)
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