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Coin - Halfcrown, George V, Great Britain, 1920 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 1508

Silver coin; Denomination: Halfcrown
Royal Mint, London
George V (1911-1936)

Sterling silver halfcrowns (struck between 1911 and 1919) were current in Australia although the denomination had not been selected for inclusion among the coins struck by the Commonwealth of Australia beginning in 1910. When the British debased the silver in 1920 no proclamation was issued in Australia making them legal tender however some did circulate, being brought out by migrants. By the early 1930s, after a sustained effort to remove them from circulation, the use of British coins in Australia had ended (although some halfpence were still in use as late as 1966).
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 32 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.000 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Sculptor (1863-1931), HRH King George V (1865-1936), Royal Mint, London, 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
Series: Imperial
DateEra: 1920 AD
Denomination: Halfcrown
Obverse Description: Bare head of the King facing left; below on neck truncation in small letters, B.M. (Bertram MacKennal); around, GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX
Reverse Description: At centre within Garter inscribed HONI SOIT QVI MAL Y PENSE; a crowneed shield quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4) Scotland (2) and Ireland (3); around above FID: DEF: IND: IMP:; around below, HALF 1920 CROWN the date being divided by the base of the Garter
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM King George V, England, Great Britain, 1920
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1920
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal
  1. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 4021A Pages

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