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- Denomination: 1 shilling 6 pence
- Authority: Bank of England
- Ruler: King George III
- Date: 1813
- Design: Bust of King George on the obverse, "BANK TOKEN 1S 6D" on the reverse
- Metal: Silver
Unlike the other items in this auction, this coin is a genuine bank token issued by the Bank of England: https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces16761.html
Bank tokens of King George III were issued during the early 1800's, at a time when Britain was experiencing a severe coin shortage. Faced with financial instability at the tail end of the Napoleonic Wars against France, the Royal Mint was unable to keep up with the demand for new coinage. As a result, new coins were issued under the Bank of England instead, which were technically not legal tender but accepted due to their metal content.
All purchases include a Certificate of Authenticity. You will receive the exact coin in this photo, along with a glass top leatherette display box as shown.