Halfcrown, Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Halfcrown, Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1816 - 1970)
Coin TypeHalfcrown

The Halfcrown (Half Crown) was a denomination of British money, equivalent to two shillings and sixpence, or 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.

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.

Sterling silver halfcrowns (struck between 1911 and 1919) were current in Australia although the denomination had not been selected for inclusion among the coins struck by the Commonwealth of Australia beginning in 1910. When the British debased the silver in 1920 no proclamation was issued in Australia making them legal tender however some did circulate, being brought out by migrants. By the early 1930s, after a sustained effort to remove them from circulation, the use of British coins in Australia had ended (although some halfpence were still in use as late as 1966).

The halfcrown was demonetised (ahead of other pre-decimal coins) on 1 January 1970, the year before the United Kingdom adopted decimal currency on Decimal Day.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Halfcrown - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend in Latin.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch
Reverse
United Kingdom / Halfcrown - reverse photo

Reverse Inscription
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Halfcrown - (132) Coins (Page 2 of 2)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Halfcrown 1937 9,132,842 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1938 6,426,478 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1939 15,478,635 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1940 17,948,439 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1941 15,773,984 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1942 31,220,090 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1943 15,462,875 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1944 15,255,165 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1945 19,849,242 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1946 22,724,873 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1947 21,911,484 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1948 71,164,703 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1949 28,272,512 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1950 28,353,013 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1951 9,003,520 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1952 2 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Halfcrown 1953 3,923,214 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA BRITT: OMN: REGINA
Halfcrown 1954 11,614,953 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1955 23,628,726 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1956 33,934,909 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1957 34,200,563 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1958 15,745,688 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1959 9,028,844 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1960 19,929,191 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1961 25,887,897 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1962 23,998,112 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1963 17,572,800 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1964 4,576,800 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1965 8,124,800 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1966 14,811,200 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1967 21,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
Halfcrown 1970 (Proof only) 750,476 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA
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Halfcrown: Photos
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Coin - Halfcrown, George III, Great Britain, 1816
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Notes: King George III, First Issue (1816 - 1817).
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Coin - Halfcrown, George III, Great Britain, 1818
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Notes: King George III, Second Issue (1817 - 1820).
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Great Britain 1820 1/2 crown KM-676
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Notes: King George IV, First Reverse (1820 - 1823).
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Coin - Halfcrown, George IV, Great Britain, 1823
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Notes: King George IV, Second Reverse (1823 - 1824).
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Coin - Halfcrown, George IV, Great Britain, 1826
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Notes: King George IV, Third Reverse (1824 - 1829).
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Proof Coin - Halfcrown, William IV, Great Britain, 1831
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Notes: King William IV (1831 - 1837).
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Proof Coin - Halfcrown, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1880
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Notes: Queen Victoria, First Issue (1839 - 1887).
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Coin - Halfcrown, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1889
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Notes: Queen Victoria, Second Issue (1887 - 1892).
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Great Britain 1899 half crown
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Notes: Queen Victoria, Third Issue (1893 - 1901).
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Coin - Halfcrown, George V, Great Britain, 1911
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Notes: Edward VII and George V (1902 - 1927).
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Proof Coin - Halfcrown, George V, Great Britain, 1928
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Notes: King George V, Second Issue (1927 - 1936).
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Proof Coin - Halfcrown, George VI, Great Britain, 1937
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Notes: King George VI, Emperor of India (silver 1937 - 1946, copper-nickel 1947, 1948).
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Proof Coin - Halfcrown, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1953
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II (1953 - 1970).
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Coin - Halfcrown, George III, Great Britain, 1816
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Notes: King George III, "Bull Head" portrait (1816 - 1817).
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Coin - Halfcrown, George III, Great Britain, 1818
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Notes: Notes: King George III, "Small Head" portrait (1817 - 1820).
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Great Britain 1820 1/2 crown KM-676
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Notes: King George IV, "First Head" (1820 - 1824).
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Coin - Halfcrown, George IV, Great Britain, 1826
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Notes: King George IV, "Second Head" (1824 - 1829).
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Proof Coin - Halfcrown, William IV, Great Britain, 1831
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Notes: King William IV (1831 - 1837).
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Proof Coin - Halfcrown, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1880
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Notes: Queen Victoria, "Young Head" (1839 - 1887).
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Coin - Halfcrown, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1889
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Notes: Queen Victoria, "Jubilee Head" (1887 - 1892).
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Great Britain 1899 half crown
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Notes: Queen Victoria, "Veiled Head" (1893 - 1901).
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Coin - Halfcrown, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
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Notes: King Edward VII (1902 - 1910).
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Coin - Halfcrown, George V, Great Britain, 1911
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Notes: King George V (1911 - 1936).
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Proof Coin - Halfcrown, George VI, Great Britain, 1937
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Notes: King George VI (silver 1937 - 1946, copper-nickel 1947 - 1952).
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Proof Coin - Halfcrown, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1953
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Notes: Elizabeth II, Queen of all the Britains (1953).
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Great Britain 1958 half crown
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II (1954 - 1970).
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