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The Third Coinage - The Official Proclamation, 1806

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 third official coinage for the United Kingdom was ‘Gazetted’ in issue number 15,916  published for the period  6th to 10th May 1806. The Proclamation was issued by the King from the Queen’s Palace, Kew, near London, on 7th May 1806. Publication of the Proclamation was repeated in several more editions of the Gazette following its first appearance.


There is nothing to show that any additional Proclamation was either needed or issued for the continuation of the coinage in 1807.


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 1806 Coinage 15916.pdf