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½ Crown - George V 2nd type

½ Crown - George V (2nd type) -  obverse½ Crown - George V (2nd type) -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
King George V (1910-1936)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1920-1926
Value 1/2 Crown = 2 Shillings 6 Pence (1/8)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Silver (.500)
Weight 14.14 g
Diameter 32.3 mm
Thickness 2.15 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-31-1969
References KM# 818.1a,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
KM# 818.2,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# 4021
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Uncrownd portrait of King George V left, legend around.

Lettering: GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX

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

Engraver: Edgar Bertram MacKennal

Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, KCVO, usually known as Bertram Mackennal, was an Australian sculptor, most famous for designing the coinage and stamps bearing the likeness of King George V. Signature: "BM".

Reverse

Crowned quartered shield of arms within Garter band, legend around, divided date below.

Note: crown touches shield, important to distinguish 1922 issues.

Lettering:
· FID: DEF: IND: IMP: ·
HALF · 19 21 · CROWN
HONI SOIT· QVI MAL· Y PENSE·

Translation:
Defender of the Faith Emperor of India
Shame on he who thinks evil of it

Engraver: George William de Saulles

George William de Saulles was a British medallist. He authored and designed the obverse of coins from the United Kingdom and its colonies under Queen Victoria and Edward VII of the United Kingdom

Edge

Reeded

Comments

The standard weight of these coins was 5/11 troy ounce (218.2 grains), unchanged from the earlier sterling silver issues.

Krause & Mischler divide this series into two reverse varieties:
KM#818.1a (1920-22) crown touches shield;
KM#818.2 (1922-26) groove between crown and shield.

Other sources indicate a total of three obverse and four reverse dies:
Obv 1 small head in high relief;
Obv 2 medium head, 24½mm and away from 'A: B', wide spaced 'REX';
Obv 3 large head, 25mm, low relief, wide spaced 'REX';
Rev A raised garter edge above 'F·19', colon of 'DEF' points to pearl;
Rev B small design, plain edge above 'F·19' forming a pocket above 'C';
Rev C plain garter edge above 'F·19', colon of 'DEF' points to pearl in crown;
Rev D groove between crown and shield, legend close to garter, colon of 'DEF' points to space;

1926 obverse die varieties:
KM#818.2 188 small beads around, colon after BRITT points between beads;
KM#830 145 large beads around, colon after BRITT points to 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 Frequency
1920  17,983,000 5.51 5.51 6.68 39% KM#818.1a
1921  23,677,800 2.65 4.70 4.70 7.14 43% KM#818.1a
1922  16,396,700 4.67 4.67 7.17 28% KM#818.1a
1922  4% KM#818.2
1923  26,308,500 5.82 6.03 7.68 10.40 39% KM#818.2
1924  2 0.7% KM#818.2
1924  5,866,200 8.24 8.24 14% KM#818.2
1925  1,413,400 10.03 7% KM#818.2
1926  4,473,500 6.68 6.68 7.10 11% KM#818.2; mintage incl. KM#830

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