George V - Ruled 1910 - 1936

George V was the 2nd son of Edward VII, early bronze pieces are often plagued by ghosting of the obverse image showing through to the reverse. This was caused by the portrait starving the reverse of metal during striking. This was finally addressed with a modified portrait beginning in 1926, although only fully implemented in 1927. George V changed the ruling name to the House of Windsor.


1912 MS64 BN, Blackend at Mint. For a number of years beginning in the reign of Victoria farthings were blackened by the mint.

1919 MS64 RB.

1920 MS65 RB

1928 MS66 RD


The Halfpennies of George V consist of two primary types, 1911-1926 with the original effigy, and 1926 onwards with a modified effigy to reduce ghosting.

1917 MS65 RB

1927 MS65 RB

1935 VIP Proof, PF66 BN. P 2321 listed as VR, Frreman 425, listed as R18, 6-15 known. A tough date for the George V proof issues.


The pennies of George V consist of two primary types, 1911-1926 with the original effigy, and 1926 onwards with a modified effigy to reduce ghosting. Note that on the Pennies in particular ghosting is often apparant on the coin. This was caused by the relatively high relief of the obverse design, combined with the fixed weight and diameter, providing insufficient metal to fulll strike up both sides of the design. A modified effigy design was introduced beginning in 1926 eliminating this problem.

1911 MS65 RD, the color is off on this one also, about 98% red.

1912 H (Heaton Mint) MS 66 RB. After introduction of the National Insurance Act of 1911 an unusually high demand existed for both bronze and silver coinage. In 1912, 1918 and 1919 the Heaton Mint (The Mint, Birmingham Ltd.) was subcontracted to provide some of the circulating coinage of Great Britain. The 1912 is the most common of these issues but still scarce in comparison to normal penny mintages of the period. Note the mintmark is just left of the date.

1912 (Royal Mint)MS64 BN

1913 MS65 RB.

1914 MS65 RD

1915 MS65 RB, a surprisingly tough date with only 4 graded uncirculated by NGC.

1916 MS65 RD, a weak reverse strike but nice color.

1917, MS63 BN, I thought it would grade higher, I am a sucker for this type of woodgrain toning.

1918 MS65 RB.

1918 KN (Kings Norton Metal Company), raw uncirculated. Although listed by Peck as Scarce the KN mint coins of 1918 and 1919 become rare in uncirculated grades. Quite a lot of ghosting of the obverse image but quite well struck for the issue.

1918 H (Heaton Mint) MS63 RD. Listed as scarce by Peck, as with the KN mint pennies of this era, these become very difficult to find in uncirculated. Strong ghosting of the obverse and a somewhat weak strike never the less a very tough date.

1919, MS65 BN.

1919 KN, EF45. A bit on the ugly side, to be kind, but a rare date and mint.

1921 MS65 RB

1922 MS64 RB

1926 Original Effigy MS64 BN.

1927 (Modified Effigy) MS65 RB - this is the design introduced to solve the "ghosting" problem noted in the earlier dates. This design was introduced late in  he 1926 production and the 1926 dated modified effigy designs are much scarcer.

1928 MS65 RD

1929 MS65 RB.

1931 MS66 BN

1932, MS65 RD, a slightly tougher date and the finest graded so far.

1934 MS63BN, a much tougher date than the prices would suggest, currently only 2 graded at NGC, this and one in MS64 BN.

1935 MS65 RB.

1936 MS66 RD, a recent upgrade for the set.


1911 PF65, really lovely colors when rotated in the light.

1914, MS66, attractive light toning.

1927-1936 - Modified reverse, Lion rampant on crown with no inner circle


1936 , MS66 and really lovely toning.