Before any coinage becomes legal tender in the United Kingdom, it must be authorised
by a Royal Proclamation, issued by the King or Queen of the time. This is true today
as it was in 1797 when King George III issued a proclamation regarding the issue
of the ‘Cartwheel’ coinage. Official proclamations and notices are published in the
London Gazette (together with the other national journals of record, the Edinburgh
Gazette, and the Belfast Gazette, though this would have been the Dublin Gazette
at this period.
Soho’s first official coinage for the United Kingdom was ‘Gazetted’ in issue number
14,032 published for the period 29th July to 1st August 1797. The Proclamation was
issued by the King from St James’s Palace, London, on 26th July 1797.
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