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Coin - 50 Cents, Hong Kong, 1891 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12995

50 Cents, Issued by, Hong Kong, 1891
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
The 1866 - 67 half dollar issue was .900 fine silver and had unlimited legal tender. From 1890 this denomination was given as 50 cents to differentiate it from the earlier coins. The 50 cent was a token coinage, it did not contain the full nominal value of silver, the silver alloy had been dropped to .800 fine (the same as the 5, 10 and 20 cent coins), and unlike the earlier half dollar the new 50 cent had a limited legal tender of $2. The 50 cent coins entered circulation early in 1891.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 32 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.516 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Leonard Charles Wyon, Engraver (1826-1891), Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Hong Kong
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1891 AD
Denomination: 50 Cents
Obverse Description: Diademed head of Queen Victoria, neck bare, facing left; around, VICTORIA QUEEN
Reverse Description: At centre within a line circle 50 / CENTS; around above, .HONGKONG.1891 .; around below, four Chinese characters
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Hong Kong, China, 1891
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1891
Artist: Leonard Wyon - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain
References: KM#9
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900, 2006
  2. [Book], Dr Joe Cribb - British Museum Coins and Medals, Money in the Bank, The Hongkong Bank Money Collection, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1987, 49 Pages

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