Values of Coins of England and Great Britain

('Coins of the UK')

by Tony Clayton


12 - The Shilling


The Sixpence << : >> 18 and 20 Pence

History of the Shilling
Pictures of Shillings


Search by reign:

Oliver Cromwell, Charles II, James II, William & Mary, William III, Anne, George I, George II, George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, George VI, Elizabeth II


It is stressed that the following prices are a guide to retail prices only, and are in UK pounds. They represent what you might have to pay a dealer, rather than what you might be able to sell them for.
I can take no personal responsibility for their accuracy, although every effort has been made to ensure that they have been copied correctly.
The information has generally 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


Condition Grades

The headings F, VF, EF and Unc refer to the condition grades of the coins. A guide to evaluating grades is found on my UK Coin Values Index page.

Proof coins relatively often found are listed, but the absence of a mention does not mean that a proof of that year does not exist.


The Testoon

Values of these hammered coins are not available.


The Shilling


Oliver Cromwell

        Year    F       VF      EF  
1s      1658    750     1500    3800
1s      1658d   extremely rare
d: Dutch copy

Charles II

        Year    F       VF      EF 
1s      1663    125     500     1400
1s      1663v   250     800
1s      1666el  500     1500    6000
1s      1666elg 1800    4500
1s      1666    extremely rare
1s      1668b1  120     400     1400
1s      1668/3  150     500
1s      1668b2  120     450     1350
1s      1669    extremely rare
1s      1669/6  extremely rare
1s      1670    150     500     1750
1s      1671    150     500     1750
1s      1671plb 400     1000    3500
1s      1672    150     550     1800
1s      1673    150     550     1750
1s      1673plb 400     1100    3500
1s      1673/2  175     600
1s      1674/3  150     550
1s      1674b2  150     500     2000
1s      1674plb 350     1100    4000
1s      1674plr 650     2000    4200
1s      1674b3  450     1600
1s      1675b2  200     800
1s      1675/4  220     850
1s      1675plb 400     1100    4250
1s      1675b3  350     1250
1s      1675/3  300     1100
1s      1676    125     450     1600
1s      1676/5  160     550
1s      1676plb 400     1400    4500
1s      1677    120     500     1800
1s      1677pl  800     2500    7000
1s      1678    140     500     1600
1s      1678/7  160     700
1s      1679    140     500     1800
1s      1679plb 400     1100    4250
1s      1679pl  700     2400    5000
1s      1679/7  160     600
1s      1680    ex rare
1s      1680plb 850     2500    5000
1s      1680/79 850     2500
1s      1681    300     850     3000
1s      1681/0  375     900     3250
1s      1681ec  2500    8000
1s      1682/1  1000    3000
1s      1682    350     900
1s      1683b2  ex rare
1s      1683b4  220     700     2250
1s      1684    220     700     2250
v:   First bust variety
b2:  Second bust
b3:  Third bust
b4:  Fourth (larger) bust
el:  elephant below bust
elg: As above, but 'guinea' head
plb: plumes both sides
plr: plumes reverse only
pl:  plume below bust
ec:  elephant and castle

James II

        Year    F       VF      EF  
1s      1685    200     500     1850
1s      1685pl  extremely rare
1s      1685ns  220     650
1s      1686    210     550     2000
1s      1686/5  225     600     2100
1s      1687    200     600     2000
1s      1687/6  200     550     2200
1s      1688    200     600     2200
1s      1688/7  200     550     2150
pl: plume in centre of reverse
ns: no stops

William & Mary

        Year    F       VF      EF
1s      1692    175     500     2100
1s      1692i   210     550     2200
1s      1693    175     500     2100
i: inverted 1

William III

        Year    F       VF      EF
1s      1695    40      120     600
1s      1696b1  40      100     450
1s      1696nsr 60      140     750
1s      1696b1B 60      150     800
1s      1696b1C 55      150     800
1s      1696b1E 60      160     850
1s      1696b1N 55      150     750
1s      1696b1y 55      150     750
1s      1696b1Y 50      150     750
1s      1696b2  one known
1s      1696b3C 160     400     1400
1s      1696b3Y ex rare
1s      1697b1  50      110     400
1s      1697nsr 60      180     700
1s      1697b1B 60      150     800
1s      1697b1C 60      150     800
1s      1697b1E 60      150     800
1s      1697b1N 60      140     750
1s      1697b1y 60      150     700
1s      1697b1Y 50      150     650
1s      1697b3  45      125     550
1s      1697b3B 60      150     650
1s      1697b3C 60      150     700
1s      1697b3E 60      150     700
1s      1697b3N 60      150     750
1s      1697b3y 60      150     725
1s      1697v3  60      140     500
1s      1697v3B 55      150     750
1s      1697v3C 120     550
1s      1698b3  75      250     850
1s      1698pl  200     500     1850
1s      1698b4  140     475     1800
1s      1699b4  110     400     1400
1s      1699b5  100     300     1100
1s      1699pl  150     450     1800
1s      1699r   160     500     1800
1s      1700    65      120     550
1s      1700plb 2000    9000
1s      1701    80      250     850
1s      1701pl  160     600     1800
b1: First bust
b2: Second bust
b3: Third bust
v3: Third bust variety
b4: Fourth bust
b5: Fifth bust
B: B below bust
C: C below bust
E: E below bust
N: N below bust
y: y below bust
Y: Y below bust
pl: Plumes on reverse
plb: plumes below bust
r: roses on reverse
nsr: no stops on reverse

Anne

        Year    F       VF      EF
1s      1702    80      300     700
1s      1702pl  90      275     800
1s      1702V   70      220     650
1s      1703V   65      180     700
1s      1704    500     1600
1s      1704pl  80      200     800
1s      1705    75      200     650
1s      1705pl  70      200     700
1s      1705rp  70      200     650
1s      1707rp  60      180     600
1s      1707b2E 50      125     500
1s      1707E*  70      200     700
1s      1707b3  35      100     400
1s      1707pl  50      160     750
1s      1707b3E 40      90      475
1s      1707E*E extremely rare
1s      1708E2  50      100     450
1s      1708E*2 55      165     700
1s      1708rp2 80      275     650
1s      1708b3  40      100     375
1s      1708pl  70      200     600
1s      1708E3  60      175     650
1s      1708/7E 200     450
1s      1708rp3 70      180     550
1s      1708E*E 60      170     525
1s      1709    50      125     500
1s      1709E*  50      170     650
1s      1709E   70      160     550
1s      1710rp3 60      140     600
1s      1710rp4 60      150     600
1s      1711b3  70      160     425
1s      1711b4  30      75      230
1s      1712rp  60      120     400
1s      1713rp  60      120     375
1s      1713/2rp        60      200
1s      1714rp  60      100     325
1s      1714/3rp        ex rare
b2E: E below second bust
b3:  Third bust
b3E: E below third bust
b4:  Fourth bust
E:   E below bust
E*:  E* below bust  
E*2: E* below second bust
E*E: E* below 'Edinburgh' bust
E2:  E below second bust
E3:  E below third bust
pl:  plumes on reverse
rp:  roses & plumes on reverse
rp2: roses & plumes, second bust
rp3: roses & plumes, third bust
rp4: roses & plumes, fourth bust
V:   VIGO under bust

George I

        Year    F       VF      EF
1s      1715rp  80      200     850
1s      1716rp  150     500     1800
1s      1717rp  90      300     1350
1s      1718rp  70      225     800
1s      1719rp  120     400     1500
1s      1720rp  70      175     450
1s      1720/18rp       150     500     1400
1s      1720    40      100     450
1s      1721rp  100     350     1500
1s      1721/0rp        70      220     900
1s      1721    120     450     1250
1s      1721/19 125     350
1s      1721/18 500     1800
1s      1722rp  80      220     900
1s      1723rp1 90      240     1000
1s      1723SF  100     275     750
1s      1723S1  35      110     250
1s      1723S2  50      160     525
1s      1723rp2 90      240     1000
1s      1723WCC 550     1500    5000
1s      1724rp  80      200     750
1s      1724WCC 550     1500    5000
1s      1725rp  80      200     1000
1s      1725WCC 600     1600    5250
1s      1726rp  650     1750    6250
1s      1726WCC 550     1600    5500
1s      1727rp  extremely rare
1s      1727rpn extremely rare
rp:  roses & plumes on reverse
rp1: roses & plumes, first bust
rp2: roses & plumes, second bust
rpn: roses & plumes, no stops on obverse
S1:  SSC on reverse, first bust
SF:  SSC on reverse, first bust, Arms of France at date
S2:  SSC on reverse, second bust
WCC: WCC below bust
*: 1721/0 is the roses & plumes type

George II

        Year    F       VF      EF
1s      1727pl  75      300     950
1s      1727rp  60      180     650
1s      1728rp  65      180     650
1s      1728    75      220     700
1s      1729rp  60      200     700
1s      1731rp  70      200     700
1s      1731pl  100     400     1250
1s      1732rp  65      200     750
1s      1734rp  65      200     700
1s      1735rp  65      200     700
1s      1736rp  65      200     700
1s      1736/5  70      200     800
1s      1737rp  65      200     600
1s      1739r   50      160     450
1s      1739/7  extremely rare
1s      1741r   50      160     450
1s      1741/39 extremely rare
1s      1743r   30      80      325
1s      1745r   30      80      325
1s      1745L   30      90      325
1s      1745/3  60      175     400
1s      1746L   50      175     650
1s      1746/5  100     300
1s      1746    proof           2500
1s      1747r   45      100     375
1s      1750    40      130     375
1s      1750/6  60      150     500
1s      1751    125     400     1000
1s      1758    20      50      140
L:   LIMA under bust
pl:  plumes on reverse
r:   roses on reverse
rp:  roses & plumes on reverse

George III

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1763    450     800     1500
1s      1787nsh 15      30      90
1s      1787sh  15      30      95
1s      1798                            22000
1s      1816    8       22      50      110
1s      1817    8       22      50      110
1s      1817e   110     250     600
1s      1818    9       25      90      160
1s      1819    8       22      50      110
1s      1819/8  18      40      90
1s      1820    8       22      50      110
nsh: no semee of hearts in 4th shield
sh:  semee of hearts in 4th shield
e: GEOE instead of GEOR

George IV

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1821    10      40      150     450
1s      1821    proof                   1150
1s      1823    50      90      250     600
1s      1824    10      40      150     375
1s      1825t2  20      50      150     500
1s      1825/3t2        ex rare
1s      1825t3  6       20      60      200
1s      I825t3  ex rare
1s      1826    6       20      60      200
1s      1826    proof                   600
1s      1827    30      70      200     475
1s      1829    20      60      175     425
t2: 1st bust, second reverse
t3: 2nd bust, third reverse
The rare 1825 type 3 has a capital i as the first numeral rather than a number 1.

William IV

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1831    proof                   875
1s      1834    15      35      170     400
1s      1835    15      35      170     400
1s      1836    15      35      170     400
1s      1837    20      60      200     525

Victoria

Young Head

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1838    20      50      200     450
1s      1839WW  20      50      200     450
1s      1839WW  proof                   750
1s      1839nWW 20      50      180     450
1s      1840    20      50      180     450
1s      1841    22      50      180     450
1s      1842    20      45      170     450
1s      1843    20      50      180     475
1s      1844    15      40      150     400
1s      1845    15      40      150     400
1s      1846    15      40      150     400
1s      1848/6  80      160     600     1200
1s      1849    25      60      200     625
1s      1850    700     1400    3000    6000
1s      1850/49 700     1500    4000
1s      1851    40      110     400     800
1s      1852    15      35      125     400
1s      1853    15      35      125     400
1s      1853    proof                   1250
1s      1854    200     450     1200    3000
1s      1854/1  200     800
1s      1855    12      30      110     275
1s      1856    12      30      110     275
1s      1857    12      30      110     275
1s      1857iG  200     550
1s      1858    12      30      110     300
1s      1859    12      30      110     300
1s      1860    12      30      110     325
1s      1861    14      40      150     500
1s      1862    50      120     300     1000
1s      1863    110     300     750     1600
1s      1863/1  ex rare
1s      1864dn  10      30      110     250
1s      1865dn  10      30      110     250
1s      1866dn  10      30      110     250
1s      1866BB  80      250     800
1s      1867h2  10      35      110     275
1s      1867h3  100     400
1s      1868    12      40      110     275
1s      1869    18      50      120     350
1s      1870    12      40      100     275
1s      1871    10      40      100     250
1s      1872    10      40      100     250
1s      1873    10      40      100     250
1s      1874    12      40      100     250
1s      1875    10      40      100     250
1s      1876    10      40      100     340
1s      1877    10      40      100     275
1s      1878    10      40      100     275
1s      1879dn  20      60      200     550
1s      1879ndn 10      28      75      190
1s      1880    10      28      75      190
1s      1881    10      28      75      190
1s      1882    22      75      200     450
1s      1883    10      28      65      180
1s      1884    10      28      65      180
1s      1885    10      28      65      180
1s      1886    10      28      65      180
1s      1887y   10      28      65      180
WW:  WW on truncation
nWW: no WW on truncation
BB: BBITANNIAR variety
dn:  die number above date
h2:  second head
h3:  third head         
iG: inverted G in DG
ndn: no die number

Jubilee Head

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1887j   4       8       15      40
1s      1887j   proof                   225
1s      1888    6       10      25      60
1s      1889sh  35      90      300
1s      1889lh  6       12      45      75
1s      1890    6       12      45      75
1s      1891    6       12      45      80
1s      1892    6       12      45      100
sh: small head as 1888
lh: large head as 1890

Old Head

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1893    5       10      30      65
1s      1893sl  5       10      30      65
1s      1893    proof                   200
1s      1894    9       25      60      140
1s      1895    9       25      55      140
1s      1896    7       15      40      80
1s      1897    7       12      40      75
1s      1898    7       12      40      70
1s      1899    7       12      40      70
1s      1900    7       12      40      75
1s      1901    7       12      40      70
sl: small letters

Edward VII

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1902    5       15      45      80
1s      1902    proof                   100
1s      1903    10      35      140     475
1s      1904    8       35      120     440
1s      1905    110     300     1100    3500
1s      1906    5       12      40      120
1s      1907    5       12      40      130
1s      1908    10      25      150     500
1s      1909    9       22      110     375
1s      1910    5       10      45      100

George V

Type 1: .925 Silver
        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1911    4       8       20      55
1s      1911    proof                   125
1s      1912    5       10      25      75
1s      1913    7       20      50      140
1s      1914    4       7       25      55
1s      1915    4       7       25      55
1s      1916    4       7       25      55
1s      1917    4       7       25      60
1s      1918    4       7       25      55
1s      1919    5       8       30      65
Type 2: .500 Silver
        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1920    2       4       20      45
1s      1921    2       4       20      45
1s      1922    2       4       20      45
1s      1923    2       4       20      45
1s      1924    7       15      50      150
1s      1925    6       10      40      110
1s      1926    3       8       28      110
Type 3: Modified Obverse
        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1926me  2       4       25      55
1s      1927me  2       4       25      55
Type 4: New Design
        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1927t4  2       4       20      40
1s      1927t4  proof                   60
1s      1928    2       4       15      40
1s      1929    2       4       15      40
1s      1930    2       4       20      50
1s      1931    2       4       15      40
1s      1932    2       4       15      45
1s      1933    2       4       15      35
1s      1934    2       4       18      50
1s      1935            4       10      22
1s      1936            4       9       20
me: modified (low relief) effigy
t4: new design as 1928

George VI

Type 1: Silver, IND IMP

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1937E           2       4       6
1s      1937E   proof                   18
1s      1937S           2       4       6
1s      1937S   proof                   18
1s      1938E           3       10      20
1s      1938S           3       10      20
1s      1939E           2       4       6
1s      1939S           2       4       6
1s      1940E                   4       7
1s      1940S                   4       7
1s      1941E                   4       6
1s      1941S                   4       5
1s      1942E                   4       5
1s      1942S                   4       5
1s      1943E                   4       6
1s      1943S                   4       5
1s      1944E                   4       5
1s      1944S                   4       5
1s      1945E                   4       6
1s      1945S                   4       5
1s      1946E                   4       5
1s      1946S                   4       5
E: English reverse
S: Scottish reverse

Type 2: Cupronickel, IND IMP

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1947E                           2
1s      1947S                           2
1s      1948E                           2
1s      1948S                           2

Type 3: Cupronickel, No IND IMP

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1949E                           5
1s      1949S                           5
1s      1950E                           5
1s      1950E   proof                   20
1s      1950S                           5
1s      1950S   proof                   20
1s      1951E                           5
1s      1951E   proof                   20
1s      1951S                           6
1s      1951S   proof                   20
1s      1952E   proof ex rare
E: English reverse
S: Scottish reverse

Elizabeth II

Type 1: BRITT OMN
        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1953E                           1
1s      1953E   proof                   4
1s      1953S                           1
1s      1953S   proof                   4
Type 2: No BRITT OMN
        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1s      1954E                           2
1s      1954S                           2
1s      1955E                           2
1s      1955S                           2
1s      1956E                           10
1s      1956S                           10
1s      1957E                           1
1s      1957S                           10
1s      1958E                           10
1s      1958S                           1
1s      1959E                           1
1s      1959S   1       3       10      40
1s      1960E                           1
1s      1960S                           1
1s      1961E                           1
1s      1961S                           3
1s      1962E                           1
1s      1962S                           1
1s      1963E                           1
1s      1963S                           1
1s      1964E                           1
1s      1964S                           1
1s      1965E                           1
1s      1965S                           2
1s      1966E                           1
1s      1966S                           1
1s      1970E   proof                   4
1s      1970S   proof                   4
E: English reverse
S: Scottish reverse

Extracted from Coin News August 2013

The lack of a value for a grade means either that the coin is rarely found in that grade or that its value is less than £1.


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Bullion Value

Very worn coins of Victoria and later may be worth no more than bullion value.

On 31st October 2013 silver bullion was $21.11 per oz (£13.14). The shilling prior to 1920 contains 0.1682 oz of silver, and this gives a bullion value of about £2.21 or US$3.55.

Shillings from the period 1920 to 1946 contain 0.0909 oz of silver and thus have a bullion value of £1.19 or US$1.92.

Please note that the silver price and exchange rates fluctuate. Current bullion values may be available on my Bullion Value page.


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