Halfcrown 1947, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Halfcrown 1947, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1970)
CoinHalfcrown 1947

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.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage21,911,484 (21.9 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Halfcrown 1947 - obverse photo

Bare head of King George VI facing left; around, part of the the monarch's legend in Latin GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX (George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains); below the neck truncation in small letters are the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).

Obverse Inscription GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Reverse
United Kingdom / Halfcrown 1947 - reverse photo

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
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

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

Halfcrown 1947: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Halfcrown 1947: References to Information Used
Showing 32 from a total of 132 coins of type: Halfcrown
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 1947: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeHalfcrown George VI (CuproNickel)
Issued1947
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyKing George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Face Value2 1/2 (x Shilling)
Total Mintage21,911,484 (21.9 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1970
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size32.300 mm
Mass14.140 g
OCC IDRDKL-MOMK-CAQG-ONZB
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Proof Coin - Halfcrown, George VI, Great Britain, 1947
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