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Half crown (British coin)

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The half crown was a denomination of British money, equivalent to two shillings and sixpence, or one-eighth of a pound The half crown was first issued in 1549, in the reign of Edward VI No half crowns were issued in the reign of Mary, but from the reign of Elizabeth I half crowns were issued in every reign except Edward VIII, until the coins were discontinued in 1967

The half crown was demonetised ahead of other pre-decimal coins on 1 January 1970, the year before the United Kingdom adopted decimal currency on Decimal Day During the English Interregnum of 1649–1660, a republican half crown was issued, bearing the arms of the Commonwealth of England, despite monarchist associations of the coin's name When Oliver Cromwell made himself Lord Protector of England, half crowns were issued bearing his semi-royal portrait The half crown did not display its value on the reverse until 1893

Contents

  • 1 History of the half crown by reign
  • 2 Size and weight
  • 3 Mintages
  • 4 Gallery
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

History of the half crown by reignedit

This Charles I half crown was struck from a piece of hammered silver plate during one of the Civil War sieges of Newark, Nottinghamshire
  • King Henry VIII 1526: the first English half crown was struck in gold
  • King Edward VI 1551: issued the first half crown in silver The coin was dated and showed the king riding a horse
  • Queen Mary I: the half crown was struck on Mary's marriage to Philip II of Spain in 1554 but was never issued for circulation Three specimens exist http://wwwpetitioncrowncom/spare15_LK47html
  • Queen Elizabeth I: gold half crowns were issued again At the end of the reign silver half crowns were issued
  • King James I: gold half crowns were issued again During the reign silver half crowns were issued
  • King Charles I: silver half crowns were issued, including those struck as obsidional money, money of necessity during the Civil War period
  • Commonwealth of England: Oliver Cromwell silver half crowns were issued During the years 1656 and 1658 milled half crowns were issued of Oliver Cromwell
  • King Charles II 1663–1685: silver half crowns were issued, and this period saw the end of the hammered issue of half crowns
  • King James II 1685–1688: silver half crown
  • King William III & Queen Mary II 1689–1694: silver half crown
  • William III of England 1694–1702: silver half crown
  • Queen Anne 1702–1714: silver half crown
  • King George I 1714–1727: silver half crown
  • King George II 1727–1760: silver half crown
  • King George III 1760–1820: silver half crown
  • King George IV 1820–1830: silver half crown
  • King William IV 1830–1837: silver half crown
  • Queen Victoria 1837–1901: silver half crown
  • King Edward VII 1902–1910: silver half crown
  • King George V 1910–1936: silver half crown, sterling silver 92½% silver until 1919, then 50% silver
  • King Edward VIII 1936: 50% silver half crown Not issued for circulation
  • King George VI 1937–1952: 50% silver half crowns were issued until 1946 when the metal was changed to cupro-nickel
  • Queen Elizabeth II 1952–1970: the last half crown was issued in 1970 shortly before decimalisation

Size and weightedit

From George III, 1816, they had a diameter of 32 mm and a weight of 141 g, dimensions which remained the same for the half crown until decimalisation in 19711

Mintagesedit

The mintage figures below are taken from the annual UK publication COIN YEARBOOK2 Proof mintages are indicated in italics

         
Victoria Jubilee      
 1887 1,438,046
1,084
   1890 3,228,111
 1888 1,428,787    1891 2,284,632
 1889 4,811,954    1892 1,710,946
         
Victoria Old Head      
 1893 1,792,600
1,312
   1898 1,870,055
 1894 1,524,960    1899 2,865,872
 1895 1,772,662    1900 4,479,128
 1896 2,148,505    1901 1,516,570
 1897 1,678,643      
         
Edward VII        
 1902 1,316,008
15,123
   1907 3,693,930
 1903 274,840    1908 1,758,889
 1904 709,652    1909 3,051,592
 1905 166,008    1910 2,557,685
 1906  2,886,206      
         
George V        
 1911 2,914,573
6,007
   1924 5,866,294
 1912 4,700,789    1925 1,413,461
 1913 4,090,169    1926 4,473,516
 1914 18,333,003    1927  6,837,872
15,000
 1915  32,433,066    1928  18,762,727
 1916 29,530,020    1929 17,632,636
 1917  11,172,052    1930  809,051
 1918 29,079,592    1931 11,264,468
 1919  10,266,737    1932  4,793,643
 1920  17,982,077    1933  10,311,494
 1921 23,677,889    1934  2,422,399
 1922 16,396,724    1935 7,022,216
 1923  26,308,526    1936 7,039,423
         
George VI        
 1937  9,106,440
26,402
   1945  19,849,242
 1938  6,426,478    1946  22,724,873
 1939  15,478,635    1947  21,911,484
 1940  17,948,439    1948  71,164,703
 1941  15,773,984    1949  28,272,512
 1942  31,220,090    1950  28,335,500
17,513
 1943  15,462,875    1951  9,003,520
20,000
 1944  15,255,165    1952  13
         
Elizabeth II        
 1953  4,333,214
40,000
   1961  25,887,897
 1954  11,614,953    1962  24,013,312
 1955  23,628,726    1963  17,625,200
 1956  33,934,909    1964  5,973,600
 1957  34,200,563    1965  9,778,440
 1958  15,745,668    1966  13,375,200
 1959  9,028,844    1967  33,058,400
 1960  19,929,191    1970  750,000

Galleryedit

See alsoedit

  • Half crown Irish coin

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Tony Clayton "Coins of the UK - Thirty Pence" coins-of-the-ukcouk 
  2. ^ "Coin, Banknote and Medal Collector's Magazines Token Publishing Numismatic Interest" tokenpublishingcom 
  3. ^ "Welcome to Colin Cooke Coins - Numismatics, Coins, Rarities - 1952 Halfcrown" colincookecom 

External linksedit

  • 1 - View coins from the Commonwealth of England period, 1649–1660, including halfcrowns
  • British Coins - Free information about British coins from 1656 to 1952 Includes an online forum
  • Coins of the UK - A full history of the half crown
  • 2 - Publishers of COIN YEARBOOK mintage figure source
  • The History of the Half-crown

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