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 Posted 07/18/2010  12:00 am Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add jakeW to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Just got this out of a foriegn junk box at the dealers today. Where is the half crown from (country) and what is it composition/weight?
Maybe a grade please? This is my second time taking pics of coins so sorry if they are bad.



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 Posted 07/18/2010  12:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add svslav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's from Great Britain. By 1947 their coins became copper-nickel. Would you still like to know the weight?
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 Posted 07/18/2010  12:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Nazarene to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a 1948 Half Crown from Great Britian. KM#866. Composition is Copper-Nickel, 32.3 mm and in the neighborhood of 14 grams (maybe someone else has an exact weight.) MIntage 71,165,000 and as for grade... I am not good enough yet. It's valued in the 2009 Krause at between $0.25 (F) and $1.00 (XF.) I love Crowns & Half Crowns.
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 Posted 07/18/2010  12:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jakeW to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
yes please, im just curious. were they silver prior to 1947?
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 Posted 07/18/2010  12:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Nazarene to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Half Crowns were .9250 Silver until 1919 when the composition changed and they became .500 Silver in 1920. Silver was removed altogether beginning in 1947. The weight pre-1947 was 14.1380 grams. Still can't find a definitave (official source) weight post silver, but as far as I can tell the weight remained the same at 14.1380 grams.

Someone please correct me if I am incorrect.
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07/18/2010 12:48 am
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 Posted 07/18/2010  12:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jakeW to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thank you very much!
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 Posted 07/18/2010  01:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add svslav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, the weight stayed the same.
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 Posted 07/18/2010  02:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The half crown series of Great Britain is an interesting one. Although crown pieces circulated, I suspect that they were relative rare in circulation, just as is the half dollar is scarce in circulation in the U.S. I am currently looking for a young head shield type. Other than that, the type set of British half crowns that I am building is complete from George 111 to current.

I have an almost complete set of all the major types of shilling, going back to Henry V111, and that is also an absorbing and interesting series, well worth numismatic study.
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 Posted 07/21/2010  10:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Nic to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
yes 1946 up all GB coins are cupro nickel, but the melt-mix of cupro nickel they used was very nice and looked very much like silver. When I started collecting, I couldnt believe my 1948 two shillings was cupro nickel until I saw it in krause
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