Values of Coins of England and Great Britain

('Coins of the UK')

by Tony Clayton


Main Values Index


This is the Index to a series of pages listing the current retail values of Milled Coins used in the United Kingdom. The hammered series is far too complex to give detailed listings of values (the milled series is bad enough!). It is stressed that the prices quoted are a guide only, and in UK pounds (1 UK pound was about US$1.60 or 1.14 euro on 6th September 2011). Although every effort has been made to ensure that they have been copied correctly, I take no responsibility for their accuracy, nor for the consequences of any decisions others might make based on this information.

In the index below the version number of the page is given, followed by the edition of Coin News (or Coin Yearbook) from which most of the price information was obtained.

I am extremely grateful to Token Publishing Ltd of Honiton, Devon for permission to reproduce this copyright material.

Where Coin News describes a coin as extremely rare, an estimate of the value has been made in a few cases. However, it is not normally possible to give an estimate for these coins as the coins concerned are so rare that true value can only be tested at an Auction.


Index to Coin Value Pages by Denomination

DenominationVersionCoin News EditionDate of last update
Fractional Farthingsv3103/1331/10/13
The Farthing v3003/1331/10/13
The Halfpennyv3104/1331/10/13
Three Farthingsv21bnva31/10/13
The Silver (Maundy) Pennyv707/1430/06/14
The Copper/Bronze Pennyv3705/1331/10/13
The Penny-Halfpennyv2806/1331/10/13
The Two Pencev3307/14 & 06/1325/06/14
Three Pence v3508/14 & 06/1326/10/14
Four Pence (Maundy and Britannia) v3208/14 & 07/1325/10/14
The Sixpence v2907/1311/10/14
The Shilling v3508/1311/10/14
18 and 20 Pence v21CYB0731/10/13
Two Shillings - Florin v3809/1331/10/13
Thirty Pence - Half Crown v4410/13 & 11/1302/11/13
Three Shillings, 40d and 45d v22aCYB 9831/10/13
Four Shillings (Double Florin), 50d and 4s6d v28a 11/1131/10/13
Five Shillings (Crown), 5s3d (Quarter Guinea) and 5s6d v46 11/13 & 03/1412/10/14
Six Shillings and 6s8d v24anva31/10/13
Seven Shillings (Third Guinea) and 7s6d v3403/1421/02/14
Eight Shillings and 8s4d v22anva31/10/13
Ten Shillings and 10s6d (Half Guinea) v47 03/14 & 12/1321/02/14
Fifteen Shillings v21anva31/10/13
One Pound or Guinea v54 04/14 & 01/14 or CYB 0718/04/13
Thirty Shillingsv20nva31/10/13
Two Pounds or Guineasv4005/12, 02/14 & 08/1010/03/14
Fifty and Sixty Shillings v23nva31/10/13
Five Pounds and Guineas v44 05/12, 02/14 & 06/1010/03/14
Maundy Sets v32 06/1401/07/14
Decimal Bronze Coins: 1/2p, 1p and 2pv34 11/1428/11/14
Decimal 5p and 10p Coins v26 09/1425/10/14
Decimal 20p and 50p Coins v33 09/14 & 10/1424/10/14
Decimal One and Two Pounds v43 12/14 & 01/1327/11/14
Decimal Crowns and £5 Coins v36 09/14 & 02/1324/10/14
Post-1971 Gold v31a CYB07 & 02/1331/10/13
Decimal Royal Mint Sets v21a CYB0731/10/13

nva means no values available on that page.
CYB stands for Coin Yearbook, published by Token Publishing Ltd.

Current exchange rates and bullion values should be available on my Bullion Value page.


Early Proof Sets


No values are given for proof sets prior to 1937. For information on these purchase a copy of the Coin Yearbook from Token Publishing Ltd, PO Box 14, Honiton, Devon EX14 9YP, UK


CSV Files


The Pre-Decimal UK Coins CSV File (87 kbytes) is available suitable for loading into your favourite database or spreadsheet. This file has an exhaustive list of all years and denominations prior to decimalisation, but is not always as up-to-date as the information on the values pages.

For Decimal Coins try the Decimal UK Coins CSV File (16 kbytes). This file is separate from the Pre-decimal file because only one grade is valued (two if a readily available proof exists).

Sadly there is a problem if it is loaded into Excel, which insists that numbers are treated as numbers and not text whether or not the item is enclosed in inverted commas. My own spreadsheet takes 1689e90 as a number and "1689e90" as text. Excel files are now available, but are much larger than the CSV files, and will only rarely be updated, as a good deal of work is needed to deal with the idiosyncrasies of Excel.

Click here to download an 87 kbyte Zip file containing Pre-Decimal UK Coins Excel File (288 kbytes) and Decimal UK Coins Excel File (59 kbytes).


Grading


A range of grades are used to describe the condition of coins. Valuation of a coin is impossible without a sound knowledge of the grading of coins. For this there is no real substitute for experience. However, the following is a guide to the main grading scheme used for UK coins (please note that the UK standards are higher than for US coins):

The value pages do not give estimated values for coins in worse than Fine condition. For coins prior to 1815 only the next three grades are quoted for, while those from 1815 also include the Unc grade

There are two higher grades seen in dealers lists:

Many coins fall in between grades, and so terms such as 'nearly VF', 'good VF', 'gem BU' are encountered.


Sources


It is stressed that the prices in the above pages are a guide to current retail prices only, and in UK pounds. The prices are significantly more than you might expect to receive when you are selling. At present (26th October 2014) 1 UK pound is about US$1.61 or 1.27 euros. For other currencies consult your local bank.

I can take no personal responsibility for their accuracy, although every effort has been made to ensure that they have been entered correctly.

Current exchange rates and bullion values may be available on my Bullion Value page.

The information has generally, but not exclusively, been taken from the UK monthly magazine Coin News, and is reproduced by the kind permission of

Token Publishing Ltd, PO Box 14, Honiton, Devon EX14 9YP, UK

Many Proofs exist which are not listed, although values for the more common pre-decimal proofs are generally given.

I would welcome any feedback to produce a more exhaustive list.


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