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Coin: Halfcrown 1816
Description

A severe deficiency of silver coins in circulation in Britain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries was addressed from 1816 with the introduction of a silver coinage which did not contain metal to the value of the denomination (this was the first official "token" coinage). Gold coins were made the standard measure of value. Silver coins were only legal tender under the value of two pounds.

The first bust of the King, with its broad bare shoulders was not well accepted and was discontinued after 1817, being replaced by a simpler head.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value2 1/2 (x Shilling) TypeHalfcrown George III Large Head
Year1816 CurrentNo (demonetised 1970)
Mintageunknown
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark unknown
Material0.925 Silver DesignerThomas Wyon
MonarchKing George III EffigyLaureate bust by Benedetto Pistrucci (Bull Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)14.1380
Obverse

Laureate bust of King George III (known as the "Bull Head") facing right, undraped; around, GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA, below, 1816.

Obverse inscription GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1816
Reverse

Garnished shield bearing Royal arms within the Garter, crowned, and Collar of the Order; motto on Garter, HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE; around, BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:; the lower left garniture of the shield has the incuse initials WWP (for William Wesley Pole, Master of the Mint) and at lower right incuse W (for Thomas Wyon, chief engraver).

Reverse inscriptionBRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Halfcrown 1816: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (milled edge) unknown (included in main number)
Proof (plain edge) unknown (included in main number)
Halfcrown 1816: Photos
Halfcrown 1816: Photo Great Britain 1816 1/2 crown
Great Britain 1816 1/2 crown
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Halfcrown 1816: Photo Great Britain 1816 1/2 crown
Great Britain 1816 1/2 crown
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Halfcrown 1816: Photo Coin - Halfcrown, George III, Great Britain, 1816
Coin - Halfcrown, George III, Great Britain, 1816
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Halfcrown 1816: Photo Coin - Halfcrown, George III, Great Britain, 1816
Coin - Halfcrown, George III, Great Britain, 1816
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Halfcrown 1816: Photo Silver 1/2 crown, Great Britain
Silver 1/2 crown, Great Britain
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Halfcrown 1816: Photo Silver 1/2 crown, Great Britain
Silver 1/2 crown, Great Britain
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Halfcrown 1816: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 667
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3788
Halfcrown 1816: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proof (milled and plain edge)
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
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Halfcrown 1816: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1816 George III British Silver "Bull Head" Half Crown - Silveragecoins.com
Halfcrown 1816: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Halfcrown, George III, Great Britain, 1816 Great Britain 1816 1/2 crown - CoinFactsWiki
American Numismatic Society: Silver 1/2 crown, London (England)
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List of all (132) coins of type: United Kingdom / Halfcrown
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Halfcrown 1835 Halfcrown 1836 Halfcrown 1837 Halfcrown 1839 Halfcrown 1840 Halfcrown 1841
Halfcrown 1842 Halfcrown 1843 Halfcrown 1844 Halfcrown 1845 Halfcrown 1846 Halfcrown 1848
Halfcrown 1849 Halfcrown 1850 Halfcrown 1853 (Proof only) Halfcrown 1862 (Proof only) Halfcrown 1864 (Proof only) Halfcrown 1874
Halfcrown 1875 Halfcrown 1876 Halfcrown 1877 Halfcrown 1878 Halfcrown 1879 Halfcrown 1880
Halfcrown 1881 Halfcrown 1882 Halfcrown 1883 Halfcrown 1884 Halfcrown 1885 Halfcrown 1886
Halfcrown 1887 Young Head Halfcrown 1887 Jubilee Head Halfcrown 1888 Halfcrown 1889 Halfcrown 1890 Halfcrown 1891
Halfcrown 1892 Halfcrown 1893 Halfcrown 1894 Halfcrown 1895 Halfcrown 1896 Halfcrown 1897
Halfcrown 1898 Halfcrown 1899 Halfcrown 1900 Halfcrown 1901 Halfcrown 1902 Halfcrown 1903
Halfcrown 1904 Halfcrown 1905 Halfcrown 1906 Halfcrown 1907 Halfcrown 1908 Halfcrown 1909
Halfcrown 1910 Halfcrown 1911 Halfcrown 1912 Halfcrown 1913 Halfcrown 1914 Halfcrown 1915
Halfcrown 1916 Halfcrown 1917 Halfcrown 1918 Halfcrown 1919 Halfcrown 1920 Halfcrown 1921
Halfcrown 1922 Halfcrown 1923 Halfcrown 1924 Halfcrown 1925 Halfcrown 1926 Halfcrown 1927 Old Design
Halfcrown 1927 New Design Halfcrown 1928 Halfcrown 1929 Halfcrown 1930 Halfcrown 1931 Halfcrown 1932
Halfcrown 1933 Halfcrown 1934 Halfcrown 1935 Halfcrown 1936 Halfcrown 1937 Halfcrown 1938
Halfcrown 1939 Halfcrown 1940 Halfcrown 1941 Halfcrown 1942 Halfcrown 1943 Halfcrown 1944
Halfcrown 1945 Halfcrown 1946 Halfcrown 1947 Halfcrown 1948 Halfcrown 1949 Halfcrown 1950
Halfcrown 1951 Halfcrown 1952 Halfcrown 1953 Halfcrown 1954 Halfcrown 1955 Halfcrown 1956
Halfcrown 1957 Halfcrown 1958 Halfcrown 1959 Halfcrown 1960 Halfcrown 1961 Halfcrown 1962
Halfcrown 1963 Halfcrown 1964 Halfcrown 1965 Halfcrown 1966 Halfcrown 1967 Halfcrown 1970 (Proof only)