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

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

1592–95

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Gold

Diameter: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

Weight: 1.367 g (0.05 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.184

Location

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First issued in 1549, the halfcrown is the equivalent of two shillings, six pence. It was discontinued in 1970.

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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