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1899 Queen Victoria British Silver "Widow Head" Half Crown

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General
Type: Queen Victoria British Silver "Widow Head" Half Crown 
Years: 1893 - 1901  Cat. Num.: KM# 782 
Country: Great Britain  Period: Victoria 
Currency: Pound sterling  Face value: 1/2 Crown 
System: Sterling pre-decimal  4 Farthings = 1 Penny
12 Pence = 1 Shilling
2 Shillings = 1 Florin
5 Shillings = 1 Crown
20 Shillings = 1 Pound (Sovereign)
21 Shillings = 1 Guinea 
Desgr/Engr: Thomas Brock 
Obverse: Victoria mature draped bust left 
Legend: VICTORIA·DEI GRA·BRITT·REG· 
Reverse: Crowned and quartered spade shield within wreath 
Legend: FID·DEF·IND·IMP· HALF CROWN 
Edge: Reeded 
Purpose: Circulation 
Issue
Year:
1899
Mint:  
Mintage: 2,866,000 
Scarcity:
Valuation:
 
Notes:  
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Specifications
Alignment:
Medal 
 
Composition: Silver 
Fineness: 0.9250 
Weight (g): 14.1380g 
Weight (Oz): 0.45 Oz 
Net Content: 0.42 Oz (13.08g) 
Bullion Value: $10.04 
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
1899 2,866,000 $13.00 $21.00 $32 $70 $110 $160
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