Halfcrown: Elizabeth I (obverse); Crowned Shield of Arms (reverse)

Diameter: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)
Weight: 1.367 g (0.05 oz.)
Location: not on view
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First issued in 1549, the halfcrown is the equivalent of two shillings, six pence. It was discontinued in 1970.


This is the second type of gold halfcrown, showing the queen in ornate style. She often wore elaborate and luxuriously decorated dresses, many of them heavily bejeweled as seen here. The mint mark, visible just above the crown on the reverse, is a tun or barrel. This helps identify the date the coin was issued as the mint mark changed every few years.
Halfcrown: Elizabeth I (obverse); Crowned Shield of Arms (reverse)

Halfcrown: Elizabeth I (obverse); Crowned Shield of Arms (reverse)


England, Elizabeth I, 1558-1603

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