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

½ Crown - Elizabeth II (1st portrait; no 'BRITT:OMN') -  obverse½ Crown - Elizabeth II (1st portrait; no 'BRITT:OMN') -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1954-1970
Value 1/2 Crown = 2 Shillings 6 Pence (1/8)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 14.14 g
Diameter 32.3 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 31 December 1969
Number N# 1069
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 907,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Sp# 4145
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.

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;

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1954  11 614 900 $ 1.27 $ 1.21 $ 2.14 $ 3.40 16%
1954  0.13% Proof
1955  23 628 700 $ 1.70 $ 0.73 $ 1.13 $ 2.35 $ 2.81 21%
1955  0.3% Proof
1956  33 934 900 $ 0.99 $ 0.96 $ 1.13 $ 2.04 $ 3.86 $ 5.87 29%
1956  0.2% Proof
1957  34 200 500 $ 1.02 $ 0.97 $ 1.13 $ 1.90 $ 4.72 27%
1957  0.3% Proof
1958  15 745 600 $ 0.96 $ 0.97 $ 1.13 $ 1.70 $ 4.53 17%
1958  0.19% Proof
1959  9 028 800 $ 0.99 $ 1.02 $ 1.64 $ 2.50 $ 1.42 $ 33 12%
1959  0.15% Proof
1960  19 929 100 $ 0.86 $ 1.14 $ 0.86 $ 1.24 $ 1.01 18%
1960  0.19% Proof
1961  25 887 800 $ 0.99 $ 1.36 $ 1.00 $ 1.13 $ 6.18 22%
1961  0.2% Proof
1961  0.2% Prooflike
1962  24 013 300 $ 0.99 $ 0.57 $ 1.01 $ 0.79 $ 0.23 $ 3.12 20%
1962  0.13% Proof
1963  17 557 600 $ 1.00 $ 0.88 $ 1.13 $ 1.52 $ 6.80 16%
1963  0.17% Proof
1964  5 973 600 $ 1.00 $ 1.13 $ 3.78 $ 5.05 10%
1965  9 878 400 $ 0.22 $ 1.46 $ 1.59 $ 2.70 $ 5.05 13%
1966  13 384 000 $ 0.96 $ 1.13 $ 1.13 $ 1.87 $ 3.98 15%
1967  33 058 400 $ 0.62 $ 0.95 $ 1.13 $ 1.16 $ 1.20 $ 2.21 30%
1970  750 000 $ 7.55 8% Proof only

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