Pictures of Coins of the UK

by Tony Clayton


Half Crowns, or Two Shilling and Sixpence


The Florin (2s) <<-- : -->> 3s, 40d and 45d

History of the Half Crown
Values of Half Crowns


Quick find by reign:

Elizabeth I : James I : Charles I : Commonwealth : Charles II : James II : William and Mary : William III : Queen Anne : George I : George II : George III : George IV : William IV : Victoria : Edward VII : George V : George VI : Elizabeth II


Please note that as the images have come from a wide range of sources, they are not to scale relative to each other.


The Half Crown


Elizabeth I

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1601 hc

1601 Sixth Issue Halfcrown, mintmark 1.
S.2583
Courtesy of AMR Coins


James I

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Halfcrown

Halfcrown, third coinage, mintmark lis (1623-4) S.2666
Courtesy of Spink


Charles I

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half crown

Half crown, Briot's hammered issue
Mintmark: triangle over anchor, 1638-9

Courtesy of Spink

half crown

Half crown, Tower Mint under the King
Mintmark: triangle in circle, 1641-3

Courtesy of Jean ELSEN & ses Fils.


Commonwealth

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1652 2/6

1652 Half Crown,
S.3215
Courtesy of CromwellCoins.com

1653 2/6

A rather worn 1653 Half Crown,
Courtesy of Spink

1658 2/6

1658 Half Crown, Cromwell type
Courtesy of Spink


Charles II

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hammered halfcrown

Hammered Halfcrown, Second Issue, 1660-1662
Courtesy of Spink

1663 halfcrown

1663 Halfcrown, first bust
Courtesy of Spink

1666/4 elephant halfcrown

1666/4 Halfcrown, third bust, elephant below
Courtesy of Spink

1677 halfcrown

1677 Halfcrown, fourth bust
Courtesy of Spink


James II

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1685 half crown

1685 half crown
First bust
Courtesy of Spink


William and Mary

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1689 2/6

1689 Half Crown, first busts, first reverse
Second L of GVLIELMVS over M

Courtesy of Spink

1692 2/6

1692 Half Crown, second busts, third reverse
Courtesy of Spink


William III

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1696 2/6

1696 Half Crown
First reverse (narrow shields, ordinary harp)
Courtesy of Spink

1697 2/6

1697 Half Crown
Third reverse (wide shields, ordinary harp)
Courtesy of Spink

1697 Exeter 2/6

1697 Exeter Half Crown
Third reverse
Courtesy of Spink

1700 2/6

1700 Half Crown
Third reverse
Courtesy of AMR Coins


Queen Anne

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1707E half crown

1707E post-union half crown
Minted in Edinburgh
Courtesy of Spink

1713 half crown

1713 half crown
Courtesy of Spink


George I

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1723 SSC halfcrown

1723 SSC halfcrown
Courtesy of Spink


George II

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1731 2/6

1731 roses & plumes Half Crown, young bust
Courtesy of Spink

1746 proof 2/6

1746 plain proof Half Crown, old bust
Courtesy of Spink

1746 Lima 2/6

1746 LIMA Half Crown, old bust
Courtesy of Spink

1746/5 2/6

1746 over 5 LIMA Half Crown, old bust
Courtesy of Spink


George III

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1817 2/6

1817 Half Crown, First Type
Courtesy of Spink

1817 2/6

1817 Half Crown, Second Type
Courtesy of Spink


George IV

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1820 2/6

1820 Proof Half Crown, 1st head, Type 1a reverse, milled edge
Courtesy of Martin Platt

1823 2/6

1823 Half Crown, 1st head, Type 1b reverse
Note minor design changes
Courtesy of Martin Platt

1825 2/6

1825 Half Crown, 2nd head, Type 3 reverse
Courtesy of Spink


William IV

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1831 2/6

1831 Proof Half Crown, block WW
Note that the King's hair and obverse border teeth differ from that on the circulation issue obverse, as seen below.
Courtesy of Martin Platt

1834 2/6

1834 Half Crown, block WW
Courtesy of Martin Platt

1834 2/6

Detail of the block WW
It is more common to find a script WW

Courtesy of Martin Platt


Victoria

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1840 2/6

1840 Half Crown, Type 4 high relief portrait, WW on truncation
Early reverse (thin rim, U separated from wreath)

Courtesy of Martin Platt

1845 2/6

1845 Half Crown, Type 5 high relief portrait
Early reverse (thin rim, U separated from wreath)
Condition: Uncirculated

Courtesy of Martin Platt

1850 2/6

1850 Half Crown
Condition: Uncirculated

Image donated anonymously

1850 2/6

1850 Half Crown
Condition: Fine (note wear on head)

Author's Collection (sadly not quite as good as the other!)

1881 2/6

1881 Half Crown, Type 6 low relief portrait
Later reverse (thicker rim, U touching wreath)

Courtesy of Martin Platt

1884 2/6

1884 Half Crown
Courtesy of Martin Platt

1887 yh 2/6

1887 Young Head Half Crown
Courtesy of John Hodd

1887 2/6

1887 Half Crown
Donated anonymously

1887 2/6

1887 proof Half Crown, reverse
Donated anonymously

1893 2/6

1893 Half Crown
Courtesy of Martin Platt


Edward VII

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1904 2/6

1904 Half Crown
Courtesy of Martin Platt

1905 2/6

1905 Half Crown, the key date of the Edward VII series
Courtesy of Martin Platt


George V

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1914 2/6

1914 Half Crown
Author's Collection

1922 2/6

1922 Half Crown, reverse
Author's Collection

1927 2/6

A most unusual circulated proof Type 4 1927 Half Crown
Courtesy of John Hodd

1934 2/6

1934 Half Crown
Author's Collection


George VI

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1938 2/6

1938 Half Crown
Author's Collection

1947 2/6

1947 proof Half Crown
Courtesy of Spink

1952 2/6

The unique circulation issue 1952 Half Crown
By kind permission of the late Colin Cooke


Elizabeth II

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1953 2/6

1953 Half Crown, First obverse
Courtesy of John Quinn

1958 2/6

1958 Half Crown
Author's Collection

1970 2/6

1970 Proof Half Crown
Author's Collection


Links

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History of the Half Crown

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Values of Half Crowns

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Pictures of Coins of the UK - The Half Crown
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