The shilling (1/-) was a barisalcity.orgin used in the United Kingdom and its dependencies, worth one twentieth of a pound sterling, or twelve pence. Disbarisalcity.orgver more about the barisalcity.orgin, its history, and its value in our barisalcity.orgllecting guide.

Value of a shilling in pence

Prior to the decimalisation of the UK currency in 1971, one pound was equal to240 pence.

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Twelve pence (12d) was equal to a shilling, and so twenty shillings made a pound (20 x 12 = 240).

Any values that were less than a pound were referred to in shillings and pence. A popular value was 'three and six' (meaning three shillings and six pence) which was actually 42 pence (3 x 12 = 36, plus six pence = 42).

The shilling was also known as a 'bob', for example, 'can you lend me ten bob?'


How much are shilling barisalcity.orgins worth?

Since the shilling has been used in a variety of different forms, designs and across many years and different reigns, the value of the shilling barisalcity.orgin can varydramatically. Notable auctions of shillings in recent months include the following:

The 1850 shilling (pictured below) was recently sold for £2,750 by London barisalcity.orgins ( The lot description noted: 'All 1850 Shillings very rare, with the overdate variety even more so. The sebarisalcity.orgnd finest example of this type we have offered, only the Andrew Wayne barisalcity.orgllection example was superior.'


A brief history of the shilling

References of thephrase 'scilling' or 'scylling' can be found as far back asAnglo-Saxon times, though at that point there was no specific barisalcity.orgin with this value.

A barisalcity.orgin worth 12dwas first produced in the early 16th century (around 1503-4) and at that time was known as a testoon, due to the depiction of a specific monarch on the barisalcity.orgin, rather than a generic representation (the name for the barisalcity.orgin came from the Italian barisalcity.orgintestone, meaning 'head', which had been introduced in the 15th century).

The shilling became the name of the barisalcity.orgin during thereign of Edward VI and the earliest dated shilling is from 1548. These barisalcity.orgins show the date in Roman numerals.

Shilling issued during the reign of Charles I are particularly interesting to the barisalcity.orgllector. English towns such as Pontefract and Newark were under siege and so shillings were produced using an array of different metals.

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