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The Second Coinage - The Official Proclamation, 1799

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 second official coinage for the United Kingdom was ‘Gazetted’ in issue number 15,210  published for the period  3rd to 7th December 1799. The Proclamation was issued by the King from St James’s Palace, London, on 4th December 1799. Publication of the Proclamation was repeated in several more editions of the Gazette following its first appearance. The image shown is from issue number 15,211.

 

Click on the small image above left to see a larger (and readable!) version. The file is in .pdf format, so you will need Adobe Reader, or similar software.

Gazette 1799 Coinage 15211A.pdf