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The Half Crown

The Half-Crown was a British coin issued from 1549 up to 1970 when it was no longer issued due to decimalisation. The coin was worth half a crown or an eighth of a pound. The half crown was originally a gold coin but by 1551 was minted in silver. The coin's silver content was reduced in 1919 to 50 percent and later still, in 1946, they were minted in an alloy of copper and silver. The coin pictured beneath is a half crown of Queen Victoria from 1887 which features her jubilee portrait and the reverse of the coin depicts a shiels and a latin script (which translates as "Queen of Britain and defender of the faith" -alluding to the Queen's leadership of the Church of England). This coin is stirling silver.

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My 1887 Half-Crown

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