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Ring made from pre 1887 silver One Shilling!


#1

Yesterday I found the most incredible ring! Absolutely buzzing!

It rang up in the range of where you’d expect a silver item to be, when I dug it out of the mud I could make out a bit of what I thought was an inscription, but given there was no fresh water in the area I couldn’t clean it up enough to make sense of the inscription.

When I got home I found it was inscribed with the following…

“VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:” along with one side of the ring having a bit of a milled edge.

I thought the milling, font and some of the text were similar to the 1913 one penny coin I found earlier in the morning and knew Victoria came before George V., But couldn’t understand what I was looking at.

Through the magic of Google I discovered that the ring was made from a pre 1887 silver One Shilling

! The circumference matches the shilling diameter perfectly. I know this is pre 1887 as the wording changed after this year.

I can’t find reference to schillings being made into coins… Has anyone seen anything like this before? I’m not even sure showed you’d go about contorting a coin so that the outward facing edge of the coin becomes the inward side of the ring???
Link to what a one shilling coin looks like… http://www.coindatabase.com/coin_detail_libras.php?cdb=K120402


#2

Very nice and uniquely personal item from way back. Much better than a humble shilling.

Coin rings are easy to make, check out the thread on the old forum

Coin Ring


#3

I haven’t heard of shillings being made into rings, but its very common with the old US silver coins, there are plenty of videos on youtube of people making them.


#4

Hi amerikiwi,yeah cool ring,ive seen these being made in a market in Australia from old florins,i also found one in hagley park made from a us quarter. cool find .