Coins of Great Britain Silver Shilling Coin of 1820 King George III

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The British shilling is an historic British coin from the eras of the Kingdom of Great Britain and the later United Kingdom; also adopted as a Scot denomination upon the 1707 Treaty of Union. The word shilling comes from an accounting term that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, deemed to be the value of a cow in Kent or a sheep elsewhere. There counted twelve pence to the shilling, with twenty shillings to the pound. The British shilling had succeeded the English shilling, and it remained in circulation until Decimal Day 1971. Upon decimalisation the British shilling was superseded by the five-pence piece having a comparable value, size and weight. The pre-decimal shilling was withdrawn from circulation in 1990, when the five pence piece was reduced in size.

Obverse: Laureated bust of George III right. Date (1820) below.

Reverse: Crowned quartered shield with arms of the United Kingdom within Order of the Garter.
Legend: HONI . SOIT . QUI . MAL . Y . PENSE . . .
Translated: "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it."

This statement "Honi soit qui mal y pense" supposedly originated when King Edward III was dancing with his first cousin and daughter-in-law, Joan of Kent. Her garter slipped down to her ankle, causing those around her to snicker at her humiliation. In an act of chivalry Edward placed the garter around his own leg, saying "Honi soit qui mal y pense", and the phrase later became the motto of the Order.

Reference: KM-666.
Diameter: 23 mm
Weight: 5.67 gram of Sterling Silver (.925)