George VI Shillings
Shillings were struck for George VI from 1937 to 1952, unlike ever before their was one type struck for England and another struck for Scotland. As well as these two types being struck side by side their was also three types during Georges Reign bringing the total types struck to six. The obverses were designed by Thomas Humphrey Paget and the reverses were designed by George Kruger Gray. The strange thing about the two types of Shilling was that they were not put solely into circulation in the countries where they were stuck for their were as much Scottish Shillings in England as English Shillings put into circulation in Scotland as Scottish Shillings.
Scottish and English Differences
The difference between the Scottish and English types is found on the reverse. The English Shilling has the lion standing length ways on a crown with its head turned to face us. The Scottish Shilling has the lion sitting on the crown facing forwards holding a sword in its left hand, a sceptre in its right and wearing a crown on its head. Their is also a saint Andrews cross to its left and a thistle to its right. Both Scottish and English types were struck in roughly equal numbers each year. The image below on the right is Scottish and the one on the left is English.
.500 Silver Type
The first type of Shilling was struck from 1937 to 1946. The portrait faced left and the inscription on the obverse reads "GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX". The inscription on the reverse reads "FID:DEF:IND:IMP" across the top of the coin and "ONE SHILLING" across the bottom of the coin. The date is split in half and placed to the left and right of the lion. The coins were made of .500 silver, they had a diameter of slightly over 23 millimeters and weighed approximately 5.61 grams.
Cupro Nickel Type
The second type was struck in the years 1947 and 1948. The design of the coin was kept the same as before the change was in the metal that was used to make the coins was changed to a cupro nickel alloy their was no longer a silver content as silver had now become to valuable to use in the manufacture of money. The diameter was left the same as before but the new alloy used meant a slight weight change to approximately 5.68 grams.
Cupro Nickel Altered Inscription
The third type was struck from 1949 to 1952. The design was the same except "IND:IMP" was now removed from the reverse inscription as India now had her independence and George was no longer Emperor of India. The weight, cupro nickel alloy and diameter all remained the same as before.