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½ Crown - George VI 2nd type; with 'IND:IMP'

½ Crown - George VI (2nd type; with 'IND:IMP') -  obverse ½ Crown - George VI (2nd type; with 'IND:IMP') -  reverse

© A. KOIFMAN JR.

Features

Country United Kingdom
King George VI (1936-1952)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1947-1948
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# 866, Sp# 4101
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Uncrowned portrait of King George VI left, legend around.

Lettering:
GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX
HP

Translation: George the Sixth by the Grace of God King of all the Britains

Engraver: Thomas Humphrey Paget

Thomas Humphrey Paget OBE was an English medal and coin designer and modeller. Paget's designs are indicated by the initials 'HP'. Paget was first approached by the Royal Mint in 1936 after the accession of King Edward VIII. Paget's recommendation had come via his earlier design for the obverse of a medal featuring the then-Prince of Wales.

Reverse

Quartered shield of arms flanked by crowned royal cyphers, legend above, denomination and date below.

Lettering:
FID:DEF IND:IMP
GG GG
K G
HALF CROWN 1948

Translation: Defender of the Faith Emperor of India

Engraver: George Kruger Gray

George Kruger Gray was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.

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.

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1947  21,911,400 0.28 0.89 1.28 2.07
1947  Proof
1948  71,164,700 0.83 0.41 1.34 1.94 1.69
1948  Proof

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