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Coin - Halfcrown, George III, Great Britain, 1817 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 26036

Silver coin; Denomination: Halfcrown
Royal Mint, London
King George III (1760-1820)

A severe deficiency of silver coins in circulation in Britain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries was addressed from 1816 with the introduction of a silver coinage which did not contain metal to the value of the denomination. Gold coins were made the standard measure of value. Silver coins were only legal tender under the value of two pounds.

The first bust of the King, with its broad bare shoulders was not well accepted and was discontinued after 1817, being replaced by a simpler head.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 32 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.905 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, McArthur Bequest, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1817 AD
Denomination: Halfcrown
Obverse Description: Laureate bust of the King facing left, undraped, around, GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA, below, 1817
Reverse Description: Garnished shield bearing Royal arms within the Garter, crowned, and Collar of the Order; motto on Garter, HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE; around, BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:; the lower left garniture of the shield has the incuse initials WWP (for William Wesley Pole, master of the mint) and at lower right incuse W (for Thomas Wyon, chief engraver)
Edge Description: milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King George III, England, Great Britain, 1817
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1817
Previous Collection: George McArthur
  1. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 3788 Pages

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