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1955 Elizabeth II British Half Crown

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1955 Elizabeth II British Half Crown
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1955 Elizabeth II British Half Crown
ITEM NOTES
GENERAL
Type:  Elizabeth II British Half Crown 
Origin:  Great Britain  Cat. Num.:  KM# 907 
Era / Ruler:  Elizabeth II  Face Value:  1/2 Crown 
Issued from:  1954  Issued until:  1970 
Alignment:  Medal M   Desgr. / Engr.:  Mary Gillick, Cecil Thomas 
Obverse:  Elizabeth II laureate bust right 
Reverse:  Crowned quartered shild flanked by initials ER 
Edge:  Reeded 
ISSUE
Year: 1955
Mint: The Royal Mint
Mintage: 23,629,000
Scarcity:
20/100
 
Valuation:
20/100
 
Notes:
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SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Fineness: N/A
Weight(g): 14.1380g
Weight(Oz): 0.45 Oz
Net Content: N/A
Bullion Value: N/A
Diameter: 32.00mm
Thickness: 2.20mm
DESCRIPTION

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.

PRICE RANGE ?
YearMintageGFVFEFAUUNCBUPROOF
195523,629,000$0.30$0.60$1.25$3.25$10.50$850
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