News:

Sign up for the monthly zoom events by sending a PM with your email address to Hitesh

Main Menu

UK 6 pence of George VI, 1949 to 1952

Started by <k>, November 06, 2022, 04:44:37 PM

Previous topic - Next topic

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

<k>

UK 6 pence 1947, 1952.jpg

UK 6 pence reverse designs, 1947 and 1952.


King George VI of the UK was the final emperor of India.

India became independent from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947.


Until then, the legend "IND:IMP" had appeared on UK coins.

It stood for the Latin phrase for 'Emperor of India'.


"IND:IMP" was not removed from the UK coins until 1949.

After its removal, the legends were rearranged.

However, the coin designs were otherwise left unchanged.


There was one single exception to this, however.

The 6 pence was given a new reverse design.

It is shown at top, next to the earlier design.


Does anybody know the reasons behind this?

Why did the 6 pence alone receive a new reverse design?
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

FosseWay

The monogram had to change. The 1947 issue has GRI (Georgius Rex Imperator, George King Emperor), which no longer applied after Indian independence. As far as I remember, the other coins didn't include anything in the design (rather than the legends) that was specific to the Indian title, so could be continued.

<k>

#2
I see. That "I" on the monogram always looked like a "J" to me.

There was no "J" in Latin spelling, of course.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

chrisild

When I was younger, I thought (for an almost embarrassingly long time) that the three characters on the older type were "SRJ". What the heck ...  ;)

What is also interesting is something that I noticed when I was a few minutes younger than I am now. :) For some reason the newer coin has no designer's or engravers monogram.

<k>

Quote from: chrisild on November 06, 2022, 06:15:31 PMFor some reason the newer coin has no designer's or engravers monogram.

That's true. I do not know the name of the designer and / or engraver who produced this design.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

africancoins

The design on those later pieces seems to use just a close copy of the royal cypher in the form as was used on many but not all of the post boxes from during the reign of King George VI.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker

<k>

GVI post box.jpg

Don't tell me that that is another one of your hobbies?
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

africancoins

It is not !

Anyway - if you look at bit more you should find an image with the cypher a lot closer to how it is on the coin.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker