½ Crown - Victoria 1st portrait; 1st type


Country United Kingdom
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1839-1864
Value 1/2 Crown = 2 Shillings 6 Pence (1/8)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 14.14 g
Diameter 32 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 12-31-1969
Number N# 19488
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References KM# 740,
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# 3885-8
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.


Young uncrowned portrait ('Young Head') of Queen Victoria left, legend around, date below.

Note: varieties exist (see below)


Translation: Victoria by the Grace of God

Engraver: William Wyon

William Wyon RA, was official chief engraver at the Royal Mint from 1828 until his death.


Crowned quartered shield of arms within olive wreath, legend around, national flower emblems below.


Translation: Queen of the Britains Defender of the Faith (Fidei Defensatrix)

Engraver: Jean Baptiste Merlen


Reeded and plain edges exist


The standard weight of these coins was 5/11 troy ounce (218.2 grains).

Obverse die varieties:

Sp#3885 (1839 only) Type A1 - one ornate and one plain fillet binding hair, WW in relief on trun.;
Sp#3886 (1839 only) Type A2 - similar, but two ornate fillets binding hair;
Sp#3886A (1839 only) Type A2/3 - similar, but two plain fillets binding hair, WW in relief on trun.;
Sp#3887 (1839-40) Type A3 - similar, with two plain fillets binding hair, WW incuse on trun.;
Sp#3888 (1841-64) Type A4 - similar, with two plain fillets binding hair, no initials on trun.;

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1839  2% Sp#3885; milled edge Proof
1839  2% Sp#3885; plain edge Proof
1839  0.7% Sp#3886; milled edge Proof
1839  0.7% Sp#3886A; plain edge Proof
1839  0.7% Sp#3887
1839  0.7% Sp#3887; milled edge Proof
1839  0.7% Sp#3887; plain edge Proof
1840  386 400 6% Sp#3887
1841  42 700 1.4% Sp#3888
1842  486 200 11% Sp#3888
1843  454 600 5% Sp#3888
1844  1 999 000 42.47 28% Sp#3888
1845  2 231 800 35% Sp#3888; overdate variety exists
1846  1 539 600 26% Sp#3888
1848  367 400 7% Sp#3888; overdate variety exists
1849  261 300 8% Sp#3888; large date letters
1849  4% Sp#3888; small date letters
1850  484 600 8% Sp#3888
1850  0.7% Sp#3888; Proof
1853  1.4% Sp#3888; Proof
1862  1.4% Sp#3888; milled edge Proof
1862  0.7% Sp#3888; plain edge Proof
1864  2% Sp#3888; milled edge Proof
1864  0.7% Sp#3888; plain edge Proof

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