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1892 Victoria British Silver Half Crown (Jubilee)

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Type: Victoria British Silver Half Crown (Jubilee)
Origin: Great Britain Cat. Num.: KM# 764
Era / Ruler: Victoria Face Value: 1/2 Crown
Issued from: 1887 Issued until: 1892
Alignment: Medal Desgr. / Engr.:
Obverse: Victoria mature draped and crowned bust left
Reverse: Crowned and quartered shield within wreath
Edge: Reeded
Year: 1892
Mint: The Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,711,000
Grades & Prices available: ?
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Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9250
Weight(g): 14.1380g
Weight(Oz): 0.45 Oz
Net Content: 0.42 Oz (13.08g)
Diameter: 32.00mm

The half crown was a denomination of British money worth two shillings and sixpence, being 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.

In the 1800s, the silver half crown coin was (very roughly) convertible into an American fifty-cent piece, and was sometimes nicknamed the "half dollar" in North America.

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