August 26, 2023

Part 18: Model Four Shillings

Initiated in 1999 there was an idea to produce an official series of six legal tender Millennial coins for a Commonwealth country, like the Solomon Islands or Zambia, which would feature the six monarchs of the twentieth century: Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Elizabeth II. British sculptor Donald R. Golder completed the task of sculpting twenty Royal portraits, which were inspired by contemporary coinage models. The envisaged six-coin series never came to fruition, but two of Golder's royal portraits were eventually featured on the 2001 Zambia coinage set which commemorates the death of Victoria and the accession of Edward VII in 1901. A parallel series of modern high quality unofficial "retrospective patterns" for Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, New Zealand, South Africa, and Southern Rhodesia have been produced using all of Golder's modern obverse portraits, coupled with modern reverses which are based on old designs. All the unofficial pieces have therefore been struck in the years 2000-2001. A.G. Wyon's original model for the reverse of the 1910 pattern crown has been used to inspire some unofficial "pattern crowns" for George V and Edward VII. William Wyon's 'Three Graces' design, personifying Ireland, England and Scotland, has been the inspiration for a quantity of modern Victorian "patterns". There is a modern 'wreath crown' of Edward VIII featuring a new version of Kruger Gray's popular reverse motif and several modern "patterns" for Ireland, which emulate those of Reginald Huth. Altogether there are 174 unique modern gold strikings made with more than 50 (canceled) original dies, lead impressions, etc. There are several thousand pieces in proof (.925) silver, copper and golden alloy (a metal akin to goloid used in the production of many US patterns) of the various types; all modern and struck in the year 2000.1 

These models were minted by the International Numismatic Agency. The International Numismatic Agency, commonly abbreviated as INA, is a British company based in London that produces and sells unofficial collectors' coins. Many of INA's coins are currently listed in Krause's Standard Catalog of World Coins and Unusual World Coins.



Note all the silver coins have the following hallmark: missing image file
which means that the London Assay Office was the sponsor, the metal is sterling silver, London was the assay office, and the coins were hallmarked in 2001.



Edward VII
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Edward VII, unofficial "Pattern Double Florin" or "Model Four Shillings" dated 1910,
"colonial" crowned and bust right,
EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP.,
reverse struck en medaille, crowned Arms of Jersey, date either side, within quatrefoil, denomination below,
STATES OF JERSEY above, plain edge, diameter 36mm.

A total of 360 sets of silver, copper, and golden alloy were issued.

See Lots 1484 through 1508 of the 'Patina' Collection.1 

Weight:
Copper: 18.2 grams
Golden: 18.1 grams
Silver: Specimens exists weighing 17.9 and 22.3 grams



Edward VII
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Edward VII, unofficial "Pattern Double Florin" or "Model Four Shillings" dated 1910,
bare head bust right,
EDWARDVS VII DEI GRATIA INDIAE IMPERATOR,
crowned Arms of Jersey, date either side, within quatrefoil, denomination below,
STATES OF JERSEY above, diameter 36mm.
Four gold patterns were minted, with a combination of plain and milled edge,
along with the reverse inverted and the other en medaille.

See Lots 1488 and 1489 of the 'Patina' Collection.1 

Weight:
Gold: 33.3 grams



George V
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George V, unofficial "Pattern Double Florin" or"Model Four Shillings" dated 1910,
bare head bust left,
DRG below,by Donald R Golder after A G Wyon,
GEORGIVS V DEI GRATIA INDIAE IMPERATOR,
reverse struck en medaille, crowned Arms of Jersey, date either side, within quatrefoil, denomination below,
STATES OF JERSEY above, plain edge, diameter 36mm.

A total of 360 sets of silver, copper, and golden alloy were issued.

See Lots 1627 through 1647 of the 'Patina' Collection.1 

Weight:
Copper: Specimens exists weighing 21.2 and 27.2 grams
Golden: 22.3 grams
Silver: 22.1 grams



George V
Undocumented Silver Plated
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Similar to the above piece, except that these brilliant proof coins appear to be silver plated.
No hallmark is present.

Not listed in the 'Patina' Collection.1 

Weight:
22.4 grams



George V
Undocumented Bronze
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Courtesy of the Philip Warrington Collection
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Similar to the above piece, except that these coins appear to be made of bronze.
The surface appears dull and toned,
but the coin exhibits field reflections when rotated into the light.
It appears that at some point the die was originally polished to proof condition.

Not listed in the 'Patina' Collection.1 

Weight:
18.2 grams

Edward VIII
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Edward VIII, unofficial "Pattern Double Florin" or "Model Four Shillings" dated 1937,
"colonial" crowned and robed bust left,
DRG below, by Donald R Golder, EDWARDVS VIII D:G: REX IND:IMP,
reverse struck en medaille, Arms of Jersey, date either side, within quatrefoil, denomination below,
STATES OF JERSEY above, plain edge, diameter 36mm.

A total of 360 sets of silver, copper, and golden alloy were issued.

See Lots 1835 through 1856 of the 'Patina' Collection.1 

Weight:
Copper: 18.2 grams
Golden: Specimens exists weighing 18.0 and 18.2 grams
Silver: Specimens exists weighing 21.9 and 22.55 grams



Edward VIII
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Edward VIII, unofficial "Pattern Double Florin" or "Model Four Shillings" dated 1937,
bare head bust left,
DRG below, by Donald R Golder after H Paget,
EDWARDVS VIII D:G: REX IND:IMP,
reverse struck en medaille, Arms of Jersey, date either side, within quatrefoil, denomination below,
STATES OF JERSEY above, plain edge, diameter 36mm.

A total of 260 sets of silver, copper, and golden alloy were issued.

See Lots 1857 through 1872 of the 'Patina' Collection.1 

Weight:
Copper: 18.2 grams
Golden: 18.2 grams
Silver: 21.9 grams

George VI
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George VI, unofficial "Pattern Double Florin" or "Model Four Shillings" dated 1937,
bare head bust left,
DRG below, by Donald R Golder after H Paget,
GEORGIVS VI DEI GRATIA INDIAE IMPERATOR,
reverse struck en medaille, Arms of Jersey, date either side, within quatrefoil, denomination below,
STATES OF JERSEY above, plain edge, diameter 36mm.

A total of 360 sets of silver, copper, and golden alloy were issued.

See Lots 1963 through 1985 of the 'Patina' Collection.1 

Weight:
Copper: 18.2 grams
Golden: 17.9 grams
Silver: Specimens exists weighing 22.1 and 22.4 grams

Lead Trial Strike of a Model 4 Shillings 1910
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Lead Trial Strike of a Model 4 Shillings 1910
Very rare.

Lead Trial Strike of a Model 4 Shillings 1910
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Lead Trial Strike of a Model 4 Shillings 1910
(Lead, 28.36 gr, 41 mm)
Very rare.

Lead Trial Strike of a Model 4 Shillings 1937
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Lead Trial Strike of a Model 4 Shillings 1937
(Lead, 28.36 gr, 41 mm)
Very rare.

Model Five Shillings

The following is another privately minted 'retro' pattern is one of a series of twelve and was inspired by the work of the numismatist W J Taylor who in the mid 1800s produced a series of coins using Kuchler's spectacular portrait of King George III. Other metal proofs include golden alloy, copper, bronzed copper, pewter, aluminum, nickel silver, sterling silver, and gold.

George III
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George III, unofficial "Pattern Crown" or "Five Shillings" dated 1808,
draped laureate bust of king facing right,
C H K on shoulder, by C.H. Kuchler, GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX,
reverse struck en medaille, Arms of Jersey, denomination either side, denomination below,
STATES OF JERSEY above, date below, plain edge, diameter 36mm.

A total of 500 were minted in
copper, bronzed copper, golden alloy, pewter, aluminium, and nickel silver.
Fifty pieces were minted in sterling silver.
Only two pieces were minted in 22 carat gold.

Weight:
Copper: 27.96 grams
Bronzed Copper: 25.83 grams
Golden: 26.70 grams
Pewter: 25.20 grams
Aluminium: 8.60 grams
Nickel Silver: 22.13 grams
Silver: 26.80 grams
Gold: 46.75 grams



1.  The 'Patina' Collection: Wednesday 11 July 2001. (2001). United Kingdom: Spink.



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