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½ Crown - George VI 1st type

Features

Country United Kingdom
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1937-1946
Value 1/2 Crown = 2 Shillings 6 Pence (1/8 LSD)
Composition Silver (.500)
Weight 14.14 g
Diameter 32.3 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-31-1969
References KM# 856, Sp# 4080
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 1937

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).

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1937  9,106,400 5.33 8.63
1937  2 Matte Proof
1937  26,000 Proof
1938  6,426,400 7.74 3.92
1938  Proof
1939  15,478,600 6.34 6.63 7.26 4.95
1939  Proof
1940  17,948,400 6.63 7.27
1940  Proof
1941  15,773,900 6.15 3.91
1941  Proof
1942  31,220,000 4.12 5.53 9.81 9.85
1942  Proof
1943  15,462,800 4.55 6.83 8.84
1943  Proof
1944  15,255,100 3.06 5.84 4.42 7.59
1944  Proof
1945  19,849,200 6.16 6.93
1945  Proof
1946  22,724,800 6.73 7.59 11.70
1946  Proof

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