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.
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