Part 7
Twelve Pence to a Shilling
King George VI

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From the Shield on a 1937 One Twelfth of a Shilling
      Both Edward VII and George V were shown on the previous coins of Jersey in full coronation regalia, whereas the George VI coins uses only a crowned head.  Beneath the truncation, the initials of Percy Metcalfe, CVO, can be found.  For the 1937, 1946, and the 1947 coins, the reverse design was a continuation of the last King's coinage, and the George Kruger-Gray's initials can be found there.  There were three types of coins issued during the reign of George VI, a half penny type and two different penny types.  After the war, Jersey's first commemorative coin, a one twelfth of a shilling, was released in memory of the liberation of the island. 

Things to note about this series:
  • There were two different effigies of the King used on Colonial coins.  British Honduras, East Africa, and Jersey used the second type of effigy in 1937, the lower relief variety, which was more suitable for coinage.  
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This medal commemorates the coronation of King George VI.
King George VI Photograph
Jersey first commemorative coin was issued during the reign of King George VI.

One Twenty-Fourth of a Shilling
1937, 1946, and 1947
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    Year    J#    KM#   Mintage  Diameter   
    1937    54    17     72,000   25.50     no image  Examples  no image no image            
    1946    55           72,000   25.50     no image  Examples  no image  
    1947    56           72,000   25.50     no image  Examples  no image missing image
      The order for the 1937 half pence started on November 3, 1937 and was completed on November 17, 1937 at a cost to the Royal Mint of £51/3/9.1

Things to note:
  • After 70 years of production, 1947 was the last time that a one twenty-fourth of a shilling was minted. 
  • Proofs exist for all three years. 
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During the war, since coins were in short supply,
the States issued currency to fill the demand.

One Twelfth of a Shilling
1937, 1946, and 1947
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    Year    J#    KM#   Mintage  Diameter   
    1937    25    18    204,000   30.80     no image  Examples  no image no image missing image
    1946    26          204,000   30.80     no image  Examples  no image 
    1947    27          444,000   30.80     no image  Examples  no image 
      The order for the 1937 pence started on November 3, 1937 and was completed on November 17, 1937 at a cost to the Royal Mint of £199/6/10.1

Things to note:
  • Proofs exist for all three years. 
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A 'What-if' coin

One Twelfth of a Shilling
1945 Liberation Commemorative
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    Year    J#    KM#   Mintage  Diameter   
    1945    28    19  1,200,000   30.80     no image  Examples  no image missing image 
      This commemorative issue owes its existence to Mr. J. Wilfrid du Pre of the Societe Jersiaise.2   In 1949, the coins were first minted for the anniversary of the Liberation of the Island from the German Occupation on May 8, 1945.  Coins were also minted in 1950 and 1952. 

      For a companion medallion, take a look at this Jersey liberation medal.

      When India became independent in 1947, the King gave up his title of Emperor of India (IND IMP) and this title was removed from coins.  Or as Wilfrid du Pré stated it3:
"Since the alterations made to the 1923 design by Kruger Gray of the Mint in 1931, the details of the reverse of Jersey's copper coinage have remained unchanged. It will be a source of regret to many when, in due course, the title Ind Imp, so proudly and so worthily borne by Queen Victoria and her successors, ceases to adorn the currency of Great Britain, and of that small, but loyal and ancient appanage of the British Crown - the little Island of Jersey."


Things to note:
  • On this coin, the title of the island is “ISLAND OF JERSEY.
  • Proofs exist for this issue.
Fun Fact: Newspapers reported that when these pennies first came out, children sold them for a shilling and 3 pence each. A rumor had it that only 7500 coins were minted and solely for school children.
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A Proof coin

1947 half penny obverse

1947 half penny reverse
The 1947 One Twenty-Fourth of a Shilling







1937 penny obverse

The Obverse from a 1937 One Twelfth of a Shilling







1937 penny reverse

The Reverse from a 1937 One Twelfth of a Shilling

1.  MINT 12/5, Jersey coinage costs. 1926 February - 1937 November.  The Public Record Office, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK.

2.  Fred Pridmore, The Coins of The British Commonwealth of Nations, Part 1:  European Territories (London:  Robert Stockwell Ltd., 1960), p. 50.

3.  Wilfrid du Pré, Jersey's copper coinage, Annual Bulletin of La Société Jersiaise. 1948.


shilling banknote

During the war, coins were in short supply.
The States issued currency to fill the demand.
Depicted is a one shilling note.


shilling banknote

The reverse of the one shilling note.



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Twelve Pence to a Shilling - King Edward VII,
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