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Coin: Halfcrown 1947
Description

At the end of World War II the price of silver which had been 24 pence an ounce in 1939 had risen to 55.5 pence (the London controlled price), apparently with none available. The free suppliers' price at the time was 70 pence and even there supplies were very limited. In addition the UK government was under obligation to repay in kind 88,000,000 ounces to the USA obtained during the War. It was therefore decided to abandon silver for circulating coinage and substitute a cupro-nickel alloy. The first coins made with the new alloy were struck in 1947. The coin in the photo below is a proof-of-record strike of the new coinage.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value2 1/2 (x Shilling) TypeHalfcrown George VI (CuproNickel)
Year1947 CurrentNo (demonetised 1970)
Mintage21,911,484 (21.9 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 21,911,484 (21.9 million)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)32.3000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)14.1400
Obverse

Bare head of King George VI facing left; below neck in small letters, HP (T. Humphrey Paget); around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX
Reverse

An ornate shield quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4) Scotland (2) and Ireland (3) dividing crowned GG (one G reversed); around above FID DEF IND IMP; around below, HALF CROWN 1947; a thistle, a rose and a shamrock near rim at 9, 12 and 3 o'clock.

Reverse inscription

FID: DEF IND: IMP HALF CROWN 1947

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

References to additional information:

77th Annual Report of the Deputy Master of the Royal Mint, 1946 p.1.

Halfcrown 1947: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Halfcrown 1947: Photos
Halfcrown 1947: Photo Proof Coin - Halfcrown, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
Proof Coin - Halfcrown, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Halfcrown 1947: Photo Proof Coin - Halfcrown, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
Proof Coin - Halfcrown, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Halfcrown 1947: Photo Coin - Halfcrown, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
Coin - Halfcrown, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Halfcrown 1947: Photo Coin - Halfcrown, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
Coin - Halfcrown, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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Halfcrown 1947: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 866
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4101
Halfcrown 1947: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 History link
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Halfcrown 1947: Some useful external links
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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)