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Coin: Half Crown 1953
Description

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Face value2 1/2 (x Shilling) TypeHalf Crown (CuproNickel)
Year1953 CurrentNo (demonetised 1967)
Mintage127,000 (127000)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint London 127,000 (127000) No mint mark
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)32 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)14.1000
Obverse

Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II right; around, + QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND; artist's initials incuse on neck truncation, MG (Mary Gillick).

Obverse inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
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, 1953; in small letters to right of date the artist's initials K.G. ([George] Kruger Gray).

Reverse inscription

NEW ZEALAND HALF CROWN 1953

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

The Queen's effigy on the 1953 coins has a small variation from the standard in that there are no shoulder straps visible.

Reference to original information:

84th Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint 1953, p.8.:

"New Zealand - 250,000 crowns, 120,000 halfcrowns, 250,000 florins, 200,000 shillings, 1,200,000 sixpences, 4,000,000 threepences, 2,400,000 pennies and 120,000 halfpence were struck.

All bore on the obverse the uncrowned effigy of Her Majesty by Mrs. Gillick, O.B.E., together with the inscription "QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND". The reverse designs of the denominations from the halfpenny to the halfcrown were unchanged, but the reverse design of the crown was new.

It consisted of a Maori carving, surmounted by the crowned Royal Cypher, all between five-pointed stars, representing the Southern Cross, and the inscription "NEW ZEALAND CROWN 1953". Mr. T.H. Paget modeled the design in plaster according to a drawing from New Zealand. The design is illustrated in Plate A, Fig. 9.

7,000 specimen sets of all denominations were also supplied in cases."

Half Crown 1953: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof 7,000 (included in main number)
Matte proof unknown
Half Crown 1953: Photos
Half Crown 1953: Photo Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1953
Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1953
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Author:
Notes: Proof.
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Half Crown 1953: Photo Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1953
Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1953
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
source
Half Crown 1953: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 29.1
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide179
Australian Coin ChartNHC17
Half Crown 1953: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Royal Mint 1953 Mint
Royal Mint 1953 Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 15 Oct 2014 Mintage link Combined mintage
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mintage Combined mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Royal Mint 1953 Varieties Proof
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 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal Mint LondonBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 113.85 115.01 116.17
Royal Mint LondonUncirculated (UNC) 99.38 98.59 97.80
Royal Mint LondonAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 58.40 57.26 56.12
Royal Mint LondonExtra Fine (EF, XF) 34.07 33.40 32.74
Royal Mint LondonVery Fine (VF) 9.73 9.54 9.35
Royal Mint LondonFine (F) 5.84 5.73 5.61
Half Crown 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal Mint LondonBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 53.18 51.96 50.75
Royal Mint LondonUncirculated (UNC) 24.56 24.18 23.79
Royal Mint LondonExtra Fine (EF, XF) 19.65 19.34 19.03
Royal Mint LondonVery Fine (VF) 6.07 6.05 6.03
Royal Mint LondonFine (F) 3.35 3.26 3.17
Royal Mint LondonMatte proofProof 240.70 236.92 233.14
Royal Mint LondonProofProof 19.65 19.34 19.03
Historic values in NZD for Half Crown 1953 / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Half Crown 1953 / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Half Crown 1953 / Matte proof / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Half Crown 1953 / Proof / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Half Crown 1953: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
Coins New Zealand > NZ Pre Decimal coins (1933 to 1965) > Halfcrown > 1953
Half Crown 1953: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1953
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)