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1949 George VI British Half Crown

Obverse
Reverse

Item Notes

General

Type: George VI British Half Crown 
Origin: Great Britain  Cat. Num.: KM# 879 
Era / Ruler: Pre-decimal system, George VI 
Years: 1949-1952  Face value: 1/2 Crown 
Desgr. / Engr.: Thomas Humphrey Paget, George Edward Kruger Gray  
Obverse: George VI head left 
Reverse: Quartered shield flanked by crowned monograms 
Edge: Reeded 

Issue

Year:
1949
Mint: The Royal Mint 
Mintage: 28,273,000 
Scarcity:
Valuation:
 
Notes:  
Grades & Prices Available 
 
(VF) Sold

Specifications

Alignment:
Medal 
 
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:  

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.

Value Range 

Year Mintage G F VF EF AU UNC BU PROOF
1949 28,273,000 $0.30 $0.60 $1.50 $4.50 $16.50

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