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Coin: Half Crown 1947
Description

In 1947 New Zealand moved away from employing silver in circulating coinage, adopting a copper-nickel alloy at the same time as Great Britain.

The issue of Cupro-Nickel coins replaced .500 fine silver coins. This proclamation was made under Section eight of the Coinage Act, 1933 and signed on 25th August 1947. Both metal types of coins were still considered to be legal tender. This change was due to the rising costs of mining and the price of silver.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Face value2 1/2 (x Shilling) TypeHalf Crown (CuproNickel)
Year1947 CurrentNo (demonetised 1967)
Mintage1,600,020 (1.6 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint London 1,600,020 (1.6 million) No mint mark
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)32 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)14.1000
Obverse

King's head, bare, facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR; below neck truncation in small letters the artist's initials HP ([Thomas] Humphrey Paget).

Obverse inscription GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Reverse

Shield of Arms of the Dominion of New Zealand on their shield (quartered with the Southern Cross, a wheat sheaf, a lamb suspended by a ribbon and mining hammers crossed divided by three ships) surmounted by the Royal Crown and surrounded by ornamentation inspired by Maori carvings; around, NEW ZEALAND HALF CROWN; below, 1947; in small letters to right of date the artist's initials K.G. ([George] Kruger Gray).

Reverse inscription

NEW ZEALAND HALF CROWN 1947

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Half Crown 1947: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof 20 (included in main number)
Half Crown 1947: Photos
Half Crown 1947: Photo Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1947
Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1947
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Half Crown 1947: Photo Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1947
Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1947
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
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Half Crown 1947: Photo New Zealand 1947 1/2 crown
New Zealand 1947 1/2 crown
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Notes: Proof.
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Half Crown 1947: Photo New Zealand 1947 1/2 crown
New Zealand 1947 1/2 crown
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Notes: Proof.
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Half Crown 1947: Photo New Zealand Half Crown 1947
New Zealand Half Crown 1947
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Half Crown 1947: Photo New Zealand Half Crown 1947
New Zealand Half Crown 1947
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Half Crown 1947: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 11a
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide173
Australian Coin ChartNHC12
Half Crown 1947: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Coin description link
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mint
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 15 Oct 2014 Mintage link Circulation mintage
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mintage Circulation mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins 1988 Mintage Proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 - Valuations
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Valuations
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Half Crown 1947 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal Mint LondonBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 945.64 988.48 1031.32
Royal Mint LondonUncirculated (UNC) 645.95 640.81 635.67
Royal Mint LondonAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 274.29 272.29 270.30
Royal Mint LondonExtra Fine (EF, XF) 88.93 87.86 86.79
Royal Mint LondonVery Fine (VF) 8.56 7.59 6.63
Royal Mint LondonFine (F) 2.92 2.86 2.81
Half Crown 1947 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal Mint LondonBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 193.98 188.29 182.60
Royal Mint LondonUncirculated (UNC) 121.21 119.95 118.68
Royal Mint LondonExtra Fine (EF, XF) 21.04 18.66 16.27
Royal Mint LondonVery Fine (VF) 4.95 4.84 4.72
Royal Mint LondonFine (F) 1.21 1.15 1.10
Royal Mint LondonProofProof 1073.35 1138.56 1203.76
Historic values in NZD for Half Crown 1947 / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Half Crown 1947 / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Half Crown 1947 / Proof / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Half Crown 1947: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
Coins New Zealand > NZ Pre Decimal coins (1933 to 1965) > Halfcrown > 1947
Half Crown 1947: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1947 New Zealand 1947 1/2 crown - CoinFactsWiki
List of all (21) coins of type: New Zealand / Half Crown
Half Crown 1933 Half Crown 1934 Half Crown 1935 Half Crown 1937 Half Crown 1940 (Centennial) Half Crown 1941
Half Crown 1942 Half Crown 1943 Half Crown 1944 Half Crown 1945 Half Crown 1946 Half Crown 1947
Half Crown 1948 Half Crown 1949 Half Crown 1950 Half Crown 1951 Half Crown 1953 Half Crown 1961
Half Crown 1962 Half Crown 1963 Half Crown 1965 (mint sets only)