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½ Crown - Elizabeth II 1st portrait; no 'BRITT:OMN'

½ Crown - Elizabeth II (1st portrait; no 'BRITT:OMN') -  obverse ½ Crown - Elizabeth II (1st portrait; no 'BRITT:OMN') -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1954-1970
Value 1/2 Crown = 2 Shillings 6 Pence (1/8 LSD)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 14.14 g
Diameter 32.3 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-31-1969
References KM# 907, Sp# 4145
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Young laureate bust of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, legend around.

Note: no 'BRITT:OMN'

Lettering: + ELIZABETH·II·DEI·GRATIA·REGINA

Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen

Engraver: Mary Gillick

Mary Gillick was a sculptor best known for her effigy of Elizabeth II used on coinage in the United Kingdom and elsewhere from 1953 to 1970.

Reverse

Crowned quartered shield of arms flanked by E and R, legend above, denomination and date below.

Lettering:
+ FID· ·DEF +
E R
E·F C·T
HALF CROWN 1963

Translation:
Defender of the Faith (Fidei Defensatrix)
Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth Regina)

Engraver: Cecil Thomas

Cecil Walter Thomas, OBE, FRBS, was a British sculptor and medallist. As a sculptor, he created many private memorials for display in churches and cemeteries and as a medallist was regularly commissioned by the Royal Mint.

Edge

Reeded

Comments

The standard weight of these coins was 5/11 troy ounce (218.2 grains). Under the Coinage Act of 1946, the composition changed from .500 silver to .750 copper/.250 nickel but the weight remained unchanged.

1962 obverse and reverse die varieties:
Obv 3 I of GRATIA between beads, plain eyebrow, I of DEI to the left of a bead;
Obv 4 I of GRATIA at a bead, incuse eyebrow, I of DEI between beads;
Rev C D of DEF at a bead, medium rim, left leg of N in CROWN at a bead, gap between beads, small beads, cross after date between beads, rightmost bead on crown partially obscured, left leg of A of HALF between beads;
Rev D D of DEF between beads, thin rim, left leg of N in CROWN between beads, small gap between beads, larger beads, cross after date at a bead, rightmost bead on crown clear, left leg of A of HALF to the left of a bead;

Image above is reproduced with kind permission of
Numista member Sjoelund and Declan Magee Coins

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1954  11,614,900 2.25
1954  Proof
1955  23,628,700 0.72 1.11 1.18
1955  Proof
1956  33,934,900 1.14 1.11 2.40
1956  Proof
1957  34,200,500 1.04 1.11 1.16
1957  Proof
1958  15,745,600 1.72
1958  Proof
1959  9,028,800 1.85 1.81
1959  Proof
1960  19,929,100 0.99 1.11 1.13
1960  Proof
1961  25,887,800 1.09 1.09 0.98
1961  Proof
1961  Prooflike
1962  24,013,300 0.95 0.74
1962  Proof
1963  17,557,600 0.99 0.99
1963  Proof
1964  5,973,600 0.86 1.11
1965  9,878,400 1.67 2.01
1966  13,384,000 0.69 1.11
1967  33,058,400 1.04 1.42 0.99 1.62
1970  750,000 5.65 Proof only

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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