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Old 12-24-2008, 01:50 PM
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i found this afew weeks ago,its a queen victorian shilling and i remembered a story about the shilling which i'd like to share with you.


In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was the task of recruiting sergeants to go about the country, each accompanied, as a rule by a drummer boy and sometimes a fifer. When a likely recruit was found, the sergeant on enlisting him, would pay him a shilling as his enrolment bounty. Once the shilling was taken, the young man was deemed in the law to be a soldier. There were many occasions when a possible recruit was still expressing doubts and a common way to overcome them was for the recruiting sergeant to drop a shilling into a pot of beer and press it on the hesitant man. Even a sip at the beer was then construed as taken, or drinking, the King’s Shilling. In Victoria’s day it was of course known as the Queen’s Shilling.
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:55 PM
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Great find! Keep posting pictures! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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Old 12-24-2008, 01:59 PM
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Default very nice coin

and great story behind the shilling , thanks Smudger and Merry Christmas to you and family

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Old 12-24-2008, 02:01 PM
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Neato! Sweet coin too!

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Old 12-24-2008, 02:18 PM
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Interesting story and a very nice coin.
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Old 12-24-2008, 03:01 PM
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What does the other side look like? Very nice looking!!

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Old 12-24-2008, 03:07 PM
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Thanks for sharing!

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Old 12-24-2008, 03:14 PM
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Very cool coin and good story behind it!

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Old 12-24-2008, 04:01 PM
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The shilling ye took as ye kissed the book.
Oh poor Johnny what'll happen to you.
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Old 12-24-2008, 04:48 PM
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Wow! Excellent find! I guess Great Britian has more 1700 or before coins than North America.
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Old 12-24-2008, 06:55 PM
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I like that story.

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Originally Posted by tater View post
What does the other side look like? Very nice looking!!
Here is what both sides looked like.
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Broke that century barrier! Congrats! I've yet to do that!

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AWESOME find. WTG & HH WOLF

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