Values of Coins of England and Great Britain

('Coins of the UK')

by Tony Clayton


15 - Thirty Pence ('Two and Sixpence' or Half Crown)


Two Shillings or Florin << : >> 3s, 40d (3/4) and 45d (3/9)

History of the Half Crown
Pictures of Half Crowns


Search by reign:

Oliver Cromwell : Charles II : James II : William & Mary : William III : Anne : George I : George II : George III : George IV : William IV : Victoria : Edward VII : George V : George VI : Elizabeth II


It is stressed that the following prices are a guide to retail prices only, and are in UK pounds. They represent what you might have to pay a dealer, rather than what you might be able to sell them for.
I can take no personal responsibility for their accuracy, although every effort has been made to ensure that they have been copied correctly.
The information has generally been taken from the UK monthly magazine Coin News, and is reproduced by the kind permission of

Token Publishing Ltd, PO Box 14, Honiton, Devon EX14 9YP, UK


Condition Grades

The headings F, VF, EF and Unc refer to the condition grades of the coins. A guide to evaluating grades is found on my UK Coin Values Index page.

Proof coins relatively often found are listed, but the absence of a mention does not mean that a proof of that year does not exist.


Quarter Ryal

No values of these hammered gold coins are available.

Halfcrown

No values of hammered halfcrowns are available.

Oliver Cromwell

        Year    F       VF      EF 
2/6     1656    ex rare
2/6     1658    1000    2000    4250

Charles II

        Year    F       VF      EF 
2/6     1663    150     600     3500
2/6     1663ns  200     800
2/6     1664    250     1200    5000
2/6     1666    900
2/6     1666el  800     3000
2/6     1667/4  extremely rare
2/6     1668/4  300     1500
2/6     1669    400     1600
2/6     1669/4  250     900
2/6     1670    125     500     2500
2/6     1670R   300     1000
2/6     1671    125     450     2500
2/6     1671/0  150     600     2750
2/6     1672b3  extremely rare
2/6     1672b4  130     500     2750
2/6     1673    130     500     2500
2/6     1673plbs extremely rare
2/6     1673pl  6000    18000
2/6     1674    140     650
2/6     1675    130     400     2000
2/6     1676    130     400     1900
2/6     1676i   130     400     2000
2/6     1677    130     400     1750
2/6     1678    200     800
2/6     1679    125     400     1800
2/6     1680    160     725
2/6     1681/0  250
2/6     1681    130     450     2200
2/6     1681ec  3500    10000
2/6     1682    130     450     2750
2/6     1683    130     500     2400
2/6     1683pl  extremely rare
2/6     1684/3  300     850     4000
ns:   no obverse stops
el:   elephant below bust
R:    MRG for MAG
b3:   third bust
b4:   fourth bust
plbs: plumes both sides
pl:   plume below bust
i:    inverted 1 in date
ec:   elephant and castle below bust

James II

        Year    F       VF      EF  
2/6     1685    220     600     3000
2/6     1686    220     600     3000
2/6     1686/5  220     700
2/6     1686v/s 225     750
2/6     1687b1  220     650     3000
2/6     1687/6  300     850
2/6     1687b2  200     600     3000
2/6     1688    200     600     2800
v/s: V over S in JACOBVS
b1:  first bust (Ribbons point down)
b2:  second bust (Ribbons point up)

William & Mary

        Year    F       VF      EF
2/6     1689s1  100     350     1600
2/6     1689fra 160     600     2000
2/6     1689ns  100     500     1850
2/6     1689s2  100     350     1600
2/6     1689np  100     350     1600
2/6     1690    160     700     2600
2/6     1690G   460     1500    4500
2/6     1691    150     450     2100
2/6     1692    150     450     2100
2/6     1693    170     450     2000
2/6     1693i   180     625     2500
s1:  first shield (lions & fleur de lys separate)
s2:  second shield (lions & fleur de lys conjoined)
fra: FRA for FR on reverse
ns:  no stops on obverse
np:  no pearls in crown on reverse
G:   GRETIA instead of GRATIA
i:   3 over inverted 3, or just inverted 3 (scarcer)

William III

        Year    F       VF      EF
2/6     1696le  70      240     900
2/6     1696leB 70      240     1000
2/6     1696leC 80      325     1100
2/6     1696leE 100     400     1300
2/6     1696leN 90      400     1300
2/6     1696ley 80      350     1500
2/6     1696lo  80      275     1350
2/6     1696loC 110     500     1000
2/6     1696loE 100     500     1000
2/6     1696loN 150     600     2250
2/6     1696so  70      250     900
2/6     1696soB 90      300     1000
2/6     1696soC 90      300     1200
2/6     1696soE 100     450     2000
2/6     1696soN 110     450     1500
2/6     1696soy 100     500     1600
2/6     1696b2  one known
2/6     1697    75      300     1000
2/6     1697B   80      300     1000
2/6     1697C   80      350     1100
2/6     1697E   90      350     1100
2/6     1697N   100     350     1100
2/6     1697y   90      350     1200
2/6     1698    100     350     1200
2/6     1698/7  ex.rare
2/6     1699    130     425     1600
2/6     1700    120     375     1600
2/6     1701    125     400     1650
2/6     1701ns  150     600
2/6     1701ec  2000    in fair condition
2/6     1701pl  230     625     2500
l:  large shields
s:  small shields
e:  early harp
o:  ordinary harp
b2: second bust
B:  Bristol mint
C:  Chester mint
E:  Exeter mint
N:  Norwich mint
y:  York Mint
ns: no stops on reverse
ec: elephant & castle below bust
pl: plumes on reverse

Anne

        Year    F       VF      EF
2/6     1703    500     2200
2/6     1703V   100     340     1100
2/6     1704pl  150     500     1600
2/6     1705pl  120     500     1750
2/6     1706rp  90      350     1350
2/6     1707rp  80      300     1100
2/6     1707    80      200     900
2/6     1707E   80      200     900
2/6     1708    80      250     1000
2/6     1708E   80      250     1000
2/6     1708pl  90      275     1100
2/6     1709    75      270     900
2/6     1709E   220     900
2/6     1710rp  80      325     1000
2/6     1712rp  80      325     1000
2/6     1713    80      325     1000
2/6     1713rp  80      325     1000
2/6     1714rp  80      325     1000
2/6     1714/3  125     500
V:  VIGO
pl: plumes
rp: roses & plumes
E:  Edinburgh mint

George I

        Year    F       VF      EF
2/6     1715rp  450     900     3200
2/6     1717rp  450     900     3200
2/6     1720rp  425     900     3200
2/6     1720/17 400     800     3000
2/6     1723SSC 400     800     2750
2/6     1726rp  3500    10000
rp:  roses & plumes
SSC: SSC on reverse

George II

        Year    F       VF      EF
2/6     1731    proof           5250
2/6     1731rp  160     400     1400
2/6     1732rp  160     400     1400
2/6     1734rp  160     400     1500
2/6     1735rp  160     400     1500
2/6     1736rp  160     400     1500
2/6     1739r   150     380     1350
2/6     1741/30 160     550
2/6     1741r   150     400     1350
2/6     1743r   85      225     1000
2/6     1745r   85      225     1000
2/6     1745L   70      175     650
2/6     1746L   70      175     650
2/6     1746L/5 80      220     800
2/6     1746    proof           2500
2/6     1750    200     500     1750
2/6     1751    240     700     2000
rp: roses & plumes
r:  roses
L:  LIMA below bust

George III

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1816    25      80      250     500
2/6     1817lh  25      80      250     500
2/6     1817sh  25      80      250     500
2/6     1818    25      80      250     500
2/6     1819    25      80      250     525
2/6     1819/8  ex. rare
2/6     1820    50      140     500     1000
lh: large head
sh: small head

George IV

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1820    30      80      300     600
2/6     1821    30      80      300     600
2/6     1821    proof                   2200
2/6     1823r1  900     2800
2/6     1823r2  30      80      300     600
2/6     1824r2  30      90      275     650
2/6     1824r3  extremely rare
2/6     1825    30      80      200     450
2/6     1826    30      80      200     450
2/6     1826    proof                   1500
2/6     1828    80      200     600     1100
2/6     1829    60      150     450     900
r1b: reverse 1b - garnished (fancy) shield, thistle & shamrock on either side, date under (slightly modified).
r2: reverse 2 - straight sided shield in garter, date under.
r3: reverse 3 - shield with crest, date under King's head
1821 coins come with two almost identical reverses (1a and 1b). The second type (1b) is slightly more valuable than shown above.

William IV

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1831    extremely rare
2/6     1831    proof                   2000
2/6     1834bWW 30      80      300     700
2/6     1834sWW 30      80      300     700
2/6     1835    35      90      300     750
2/6     1836    30      70      250     650
2/6     1836/5  60      125     600
2/6     1837    45      160     550     1150
bWW: WW in blocks
sWW: WW in script

Victoria

Young Head
        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1839    1000    3400    7000
2/6     1839    proof                   4300
2/6     1840    60      200     700     1600
2/6     1841    900     2000    4000    6750
2/6     1842    55      150     700     1400
2/6     1843    140     450     1100    3000
2/6     1844    45      110     550     1350
2/6     1845    45      110     550     1350
2/6     1846    55      140     600     1400
2/6     1848    150     450     1400    3500
2/6     1848/6  120     300     800     2750
2/6     1849    70      160     600     1500
2/6     1849s   90      220     850     1750
2/6     1850    70      200     600     1950
2/6     1853    proof                   3800
2/6     1874    25      70      250     550
2/6     1875    25      70      250     505
2/6     1876    30      80      270     650
2/6     1876/5  35      80      270     650
2/6     1877    25      70      250     500
2/6     1878    25      70      250     500
2/6     1879    35      80      280     650
2/6     1880    25      70      250     475
2/6     1881    25      70      250     450
2/6     1882    25      70      250     475
2/6     1883    25      70      250     450
2/6     1884    25      70      250     450
2/6     1885    25      70      250     425
2/6     1886    25      70      250     425
2/6     1887y   24      65      225     425
s:  small date
Jubilee Head
        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1887j   8       14      30      75
2/6     1887j   proof                   325
2/6     1888    12      25      50      160
2/6     1889    10      20      50      130
2/6     1890    12      22      70      160
2/6     1891    12      22      70      160
2/6     1892    12      22      75      170
Old Head
        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1893    12      24      60      100
2/6     1893    proof                   500
2/6     1894    15      35      90      225
2/6     1895    12      30      70      160
2/6     1896    12      22      65      180
2/6     1897    12      22      65      160
2/6     1898    12      22      65      160
2/6     1899    12      22      65      160
2/6     1900    12      22      65      160
2/6     1901    12      22      65      160

The above values were extracted from Coin News October 2013


Edward VII

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1902    12      30      80      160
2/6     1902    proof                   200
2/6     1903    175     550     2200    4500
2/6     1904    60      225     500     1500
2/6     1905    500     1400    5000    9000
2/6     1906    12      50      200     800
2/6     1907    12      50      200     800
2/6     1908    20      80      400     1100
2/6     1909    12      60      340     700
2/6     1910    12      45      110     450

George V

Type One: .925 Fine silver

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1911    12      30      70      160
2/6     1911    proof                   225
2/6     1912    10      22      50      175
2/6     1913    10      24      75      185
2/6     1914    7       12      40      65
2/6     1915    7       12      35      60
2/6     1916    7       12      35      60
2/6     1917    8       15      45      95
2/6     1918    7       12      35      70
2/6     1919    7       15      45      95
Type Two: .500 Fine silver
        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1920    4       8       22      70
2/6     1921    4       8       22      60
2/6     1922    5       9       24      70
2/6     1923    6       8       20      45
2/6     1924    15      35      90      200
2/6     1925    30      75      300     900
2/6     1926    10      25      45      175
Type Three: Modified Effigy
        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1926me  6       14      40      100
2/6     1927    6       12      35      70
me: modified effigy
Type Four: New design
        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1927    proof                   90
2/6     1928    5       8       18      35
2/6     1929    5       8       18      35
2/6     1930    15      60      300     850
2/6     1931    5       8       18      35
2/6     1932    6       10      25      90
2/6     1933    5       8       18      40
2/6     1934    7       12      65      175
2/6     1935    5       8       15      22
2/6     1936    5       8       15      20

George VI

Type 1: Silver

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1937            6       9       14
2/6     1937    proof                   20
2/6     1938    5       6       15      25
2/6     1939    5       6       9       10
2/6     1940    5       6       9       10
2/6     1941    5       6       9       10
2/6     1942    5       6       9       10
2/6     1943    5       6       9       10
2/6     1944    5       6       9       10
2/6     1945    5       6       9       10
2/6     1946    5       6       9       10
Type 2: Cupronickel
2/6     1947            1       2       4
2/6     1948            1       2       4
Type 3: IND IMP removed
2/6     1949            1       2       6
2/6     1950            1       2       6
2/6     1950    proof   1       2       10
2/6     1951            1       2       6
2/6     1951    proof                   10
2/6     1952    unique

Elizabeth II

Type One: BRITT OMN

        Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
2/6     1953                    1       3
2/6     1953    proof                   8
Type Two: No BRITT OMN
2/6     1954            1       6       30
2/6     1955                    1       6
2/6     1956                    1       6
2/6     1957                    1       6
2/6     1958            1       6       25
2/6     1959            1       9       30
2/6     1960                    1       2
2/6     1961                            2
2/6     1962                    1       2
2/6     1963                            1
2/6     1964                            1
2/6     1965                            1
2/6     1966                            1
2/6     1967                            1
2/6     1970    proof                   3

1902-1970 values extracted from Coin News November 2013

The lack of a value for a grade means either that the coin is rarely found in that grade or that its value is less than one pound.


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Bullion Value

Very worn coins of Victoria and later may be worth no more than bullion value.

On 30th October 2013 silver bullion was $21.88 per Troy oz (£13.66). The halfcrown prior to 1920 contains 0.4205 oz of silver, and this gives a bullion value of about £5.75 or US$9.20.

Halfcrowns from the period 1920 to 1946 contain 0.2273 oz of silver and thus have a bullion value of £3.11 or US$4.97

Please note that the silver price and exchange rates fluctuate. Current bullion values may be available on my Bullion Value page.


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