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

Recent updates are shown in red

DenominationVersionCoin News EditionDate of last update
Fractional Farthingsv3203/1309/02/15
The Farthing v3103/1309/02/15
The Halfpennyv3204/1309/02/15
Three Farthingsv22nva09/02/15
The Silver (Maundy) Pennyv807/1409/02/15
The Copper/Bronze Pennyv3805/1309/02/15
The Penny-Halfpennyv2906/1309/02/15
The Two Pencev3407/14 & 06/1309/02/15
Three Pence v3608/14 & 06/1309/02/15
Four Pence (Maundy and Britannia) v3308/14 & 07/1309/02/15
The Sixpence v3007/1309/02/15
The Shilling v3608/1309/02/15
18 and 20 Pence v22CYB0709/02/15
Two Shillings - Florin v3909/1309/02/15
Thirty Pence - Half Crown v4510/13 & 11/1309/02/15
Three Shillings, 40d and 45d v23CYB 9809/02/15
Four Shillings (Double Florin), 50d and 4s6d v29 11/1109/02/15
Five Shillings (Crown), 5s3d (Quarter Guinea) and 5s6d v47 11/13 & 03/1409/02/15
Six Shillings and 6s8d v25nva09/02/15
Seven Shillings (Third Guinea) and 7s6d v3503/1408/02/15
Eight Shillings and 8s4d v23nva08/02/15
Ten Shillings and 10s6d (Half Guinea) v48 03/14 & 12/1308/02/15
Fifteen Shillings v22nva08/02/15
One Pound or Guinea v55 04/14 & 01/14 or CYB 0708/02/15
Thirty Shillingsv21nva08/02/15
Two Pounds or Guineasv4105/12, 02/14 & 08/1008/02/15
Fifty and Sixty Shillings v24nva08/02/15
Five Pounds and Guineas v45 05/12, 02/14 & 06/1008/02/15
Maundy Sets v33 06/1408/02/15
Decimal Bronze Coins: 1/2p, 1p and 2pv35 11/1408/02/15
Decimal 5p and 10p Coins v27 09/1409/02/15
Decimal 20p and 50p Coins v34 09/14 & 10/1409/02/15
Decimal One and Two Pounds v45 12/14 & 01/1509/02/15
Decimal Crowns and £5 Coins v38 09/14 & 02/1509/02/15
Post-1971 Gold v33 CYB07 & 02/1509/02/15
Decimal Royal Mint Sets v22 CYB0709/02/15

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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