½ Crown - Victoria 1st portrait; 1st type

Features

Issuer United Kingdom
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1839-1864
Value ½ Crown = 2 Shillings 6 Pence (⅛)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 14.14 g
Diameter 32 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 31 December 1969
Number N# 19488
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 740,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Sp# 3885-8
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Standard Catalogue of British Coins : Coins of England & the United Kingdom Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

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

Note: varieties exist (see below)

Script: Latin

Lettering:
VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
1849

Translation: Victoria by the Grace of God

Engraver: William Wyon Read more on Wikipedia

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

Reverse

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

Script: Latin

Lettering: BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID:DEF:

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

Engraver: Jean Baptiste Merlen

Edge

Reeded and plain edges exist

Comments

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  0.5% Sp#3885; plain edge Proof
1839  0% Sp#3886; milled edge Proof
1839  0% Sp#3886A; plain edge Proof
1839  2% Sp#3887
1839  0% Sp#3887; milled edge Proof
1839  0% Sp#3887; plain edge Proof
1840  386 400 5% Sp#3887
1841  42 700 1.6% Sp#3888
1842  486 200 $ 360 10% Sp#3888
1843  454 600 4% Sp#3888
1844  1 999 000 $ 54 $ 2100 29% Sp#3888
1845  2 231 800 $ 23 $ 2400 35% Sp#3888; overdate variety exists
1846  1 539 600 $ 97 25% Sp#3888
1848  367 400 6% Sp#3888; overdate variety exists
1849  261 300 8% Sp#3888; large date letters
1849  4% Sp#3888; small date letters
1850  484 600 9% Sp#3888
1850  0% Sp#3888; Proof
1853  0.5% Sp#3888; Proof
1862  0.5% Sp#3888; milled edge Proof
1862  0% Sp#3888; plain edge Proof
1864  1.1% Sp#3888; milled edge Proof
1864  0% Sp#3888; plain edge Proof

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 an indication only; they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging. Numista does not buy or sell coins or banknotes.

Frequencies show the percentage of Numista users who own each year or variety among all the users who own this coin. Since some users own several versions, the sum may be greater than 100%.

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)
Heritage Auctions
2021 January 21 - 22 NYINC World & Ancient Coins Platinum & Signature Auction - Dallas 3089
Lot 32820
Internet Archive
Jan 21, 2021 1840 – Sp#3887 UNC
(PCGS MS63)
USD 1800.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)
Heritage Auctions
2019 September 5 - 9 Long Beach Expo World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach 3076
Lot 31670
Internet Archive
Sep 5, 2019 1842 – Sp#3888 UNC
(NGC MS65)
USD 3360.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232136
Lot 62476
Internet Archive
Sep 8, 2021 1842 – Sp#3888 AU
(NGC AU58)
USD 456.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 232103
Lot 63470
Internet Archive
Jan 20, 2021 1842 – Sp#3888 AU
(NGC AU Details (Obverse Scratched))
USD 288.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)
Heritage Auctions
2021 October 28 - 29 World & Ancient Coins Signature® Auction 3093
Lot 34796
Internet Archive
Oct 28, 2021 1844 – Sp#3888 UNC
(PCGS MS64)
USD 2280.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)
Heritage Auctions
2021 August 19 - 20 ANA WFOM World & Ancient Coins Platinum Night Signature Auction 3094
Lot 34796
Internet Archive
Aug 19, 2021 1844 – Sp#3888 UNC
(PCGS MS64)
USD 2280.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)
Heritage Auctions
2019 April 25 - 29 Central States World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago 3073
Lot 33089
Internet Archive
Apr 29, 2019 1844 – Sp#3888 UNC
(NGC MS63)
USD 840.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)
Heritage Auctions
2021 October 28 - 29 World & Ancient Coins Signature® Auction 3093
Lot 34797
Internet Archive
Oct 28, 2021 1845 – Sp#3888; overdate variety exists UNC
(PCGS MS64+)
USD 2520.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)
Heritage Auctions
2021 August 19 - 20 ANA WFOM World & Ancient Coins Platinum Night Signature Auction 3094
Lot 34797
Internet Archive
Aug 19, 2021 1845 – Sp#3888; overdate variety exists UNC
(PCGS MS64+)
USD 2520.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - Victoria (1st portrait; 1st type)
Heritage Auctions
2021 January 21 - 22 NYINC World & Ancient Coins Platinum & Signature Auction - Dallas 3089
Lot 32821
Internet Archive
Jan 21, 2021 1845 – Sp#3888; overdate variety exists UNC
(PCGS MS64)
USD 3840.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
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