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British Half Crown silver content

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 Posted 03/02/2011  7:27 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Uhhhh to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

There's a post in the US coins forum about coin rings, but I figured my question would be better suited in here. I searched through the archives and didn't find anything that I thought pertained to this question, but I apologize if this is something that's been brought up before.

I've made a coin ring out of a 1948 British Half Crown. I figured I'd practice on my first one that wasn't silver just in case I did a bad job.
I did rather well though, and I want to make one out of silver now. Can anyone give me a listing of the silver content of British Half Crowns throughout the years? I don't think I'd be able to bring myself to do it to anything TOO old though. Thanks.

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 Posted 03/02/2011  7:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rdwarrior to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
From about 1920 and up they were 50%, before that 92.5% (sterling)
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 Posted 03/02/2011  9:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Uhhhh to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So, would a 50% one still turn my finger green?


Btw.. I just realized there's a Great Britain forum.
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 Posted 03/03/2011  04:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I just realized there's a Great Britain forum.

Yep. I just moved this thread there.

Confirming the date ranges: 1919 and earlier are sterling silver (.925 fine), 1920-1946 are .500 fine, 1947-1970 are cupronickel.

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So, would a 50% one still turn my finger green?

Don't know about your finger, but the ring itself might. .500 fine silver can look a bit coppery, and is more prone to verdigris than finer silver.
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 Posted 03/11/2011  09:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chris wren to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The actual dates for the silver content of British milled coins are:

Up to 1920 - sterling silver (925 fine or 925/1000 parts silver)

1921 to 1946 - 50% silver (500 fine or 500/1000 parts silver)

1947 on - cupro nickel

Chris Wren
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