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Creme de la Cremé (of my Pre-decimal collection) Halfcrowns  
 

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 Posted 01/31/2011  08:53 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add molydeii to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am not an experienced colelctor.
I am not the owner of the Bentley factory.
I am even not living in the UK.
However, as of today, I took my halfcrowns off the bank vault to photo at home. I took a quick photo to show to my fellow collectors. My halfcrown per type series is the one I am most proud of.
They're nothing special, especially to the eyes of an experienced colelctor. However, here we go, I am sharing them with the entire CCF. :)

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 Posted 01/31/2011  08:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add molydeii to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Close ups with better lighting will follow tomorrow when I have better natural sunshine (as the weather office predicts)
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 Posted 01/31/2011  9:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add svslav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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They're nothing special, especially to the eyes of an experienced colelctor.

Don't shortchange yourself, molydeii, many would be proud to have such a collection! "Experienced" collectors may be after different experiences, I, personally, wouldn't want my circulation coins of previous centuries look like spotless shiny toys.
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 Posted 02/02/2011  09:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add zeewool to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah Moly, what svslav said..... I like all of your coins, but especially those earlier worn ones. I like coins with some history to them, and uncirculated coins don't hold much history.
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 Posted 02/02/2011  12:51 pm  Show Profile   Check alganbagerap's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add alganbagerap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Look into my eyes, no, don't blink. Just listen. Soon you will fall into a light slumber.
Good, can you hear me? Now you can hear no one else.
Repeat after me:

"I will send all my silver to alganbagerap, and when I wake; I won't remember what I've done."
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 Posted 02/02/2011  1:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add svslav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Close ups with better lighting will follow ...


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"I will send all my silver to alganbagerap ..."

What, alganbagerap, you think you'd take better close ups?
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 Posted 02/02/2011  2:40 pm  Show Profile   Check alganbagerap's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add alganbagerap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Eventually, maybe. When I've stopped drooling.
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 Posted 02/02/2011  2:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DVCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great group of coins!
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 Posted 02/02/2011  3:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Scooby Due to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice! Thanks for sharing. I have so much to learn and collect!


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personally, wouldn't want my circulation coins of previous centuries look like spotless shiny toys.


I agree. Much more character that way.
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 Posted 02/04/2011  10:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add molydeii to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
"Look into my eyes, no, don't blink. Just listen. Soon you will fall into a light slumber.
Good, can you hear me? Now you can hear no one else.
Repeat after me:
"I will send all my silver to alganbagerap, and when I wake; I won't remember what I've done."...

Ahahaha... Ahh.. Sweet sweet hypnotism. Alganbagerap, noo I won't let you sell them on eBay!. :) They're happily having a vacation here in Turkey. Who knows what's gonna happen after I die? maybe they'll go back to their homeland.

Well, the weather did permit, but I had a rough week! Didn't really have any time to take some nice photos, but I will this weekend, hopefully, and post them here. I'd love the whole world to see my little half-crown collection. Hey, thanks for your nice comments guys. Half crown is my most favorite type coin in the pre-decimal UK series.

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 Posted 02/04/2011  12:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add svslav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Say what? Half crown? Oh, you mean Madza Caroon!
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 Posted 02/05/2011  08:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add molydeii to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here we go..

First coin is a George III Small Head Halfcrown. It is dated 1819 and has an assay(?) mark on the cheek of George. No one really has any idea where this assay mark comes from but, as some of our forum members may know, the assay mark represents "North Dakota" and might be applied there. :)

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Second coin is a George IV Halfcrown dated 1826. It's well-circulated but I love teh detail (left) on the obverse of the coin which shows the coat of arms.

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Third is a William IV Halfcrown dated 1837. It's the rare year which the recorded mintage was 150,011 The coin, to my eye, seems less worn than a typical circulated 1837 example.

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 Posted 02/05/2011  08:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add molydeii to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here are the Young Head Victoria halfcrowns, first one is dated 1879, a tough year to find. It's pretty beat-up but still a problem-free coin. Most probably circulated until early 1900's, maybe as much as 1920, when the purity of British silver coins dropped from %92,5 to %50.
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Next, we've got a 1887 Young Head Victoria Halfcrown. It's one of the tough dates too, and better in shape of the previous one. I bought two of those coins, funny story, the one with better shape never turned up.

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02/05/2011 08:32 am
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 Posted 02/05/2011  08:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add molydeii to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is one of my favoutire, a aUNC 1897 Victoria Veiled head (old head) halfcrown.
It has much lustre left and under 4x it shows almost no marks of circulation, with a little marks of contacts from other coins (bagmarks) on the very high areas such as cheeks of the Monarch. It has a rosy patina on the legend and around the rims (which was impossible to capture with my digital camera)

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 Posted 02/05/2011  08:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add molydeii to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A 1906 Edward VII half crown. One type issued, eyars between 1902-1910. I am currently trying to buy myself a 1904 one, which is a semi key date. This one seems like a solid VF (British grading) and eXF-XF55-56 for US Grading I think.

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1915 Sterling silver Half Crown, George V. Unc

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1920 %50 Silver Half Crown, George V. Unc with typical green patina. This patina is a guarantee that the coin hasn't been dipped or circulated, as I was told and researched. Actually, a debased silver Halfcrown that good in condition is relatively harder to find a similar one dated 1914-1918.

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