George III halfcrowns were issued from 1816 to 1820. There were two different types, each of which used a different portrait paired with its own reverse design.
The last few years of George III's reign saw a complete revision of the British coinage. For some two or three decades, there had been a shortage of small change, and only sporadic production of many denominations.
In 1816, the Royal Mint was moved from the Tower of London to a new site nearby on Tower Hill, where it remained until shortly before decimalisation in 1971. New steam powered coinage presses were introduced, these had been pioneered by Matthew Boulton and James Watt at their Soho, Birmingham works, and were capable of producing higher quality coins more efficiently than the previous presses, which were largely hand operated.
Photographs shown may not be the actual coin and may differ in terms of grade, die numbers, design flaws and other minor details. Contact us if you require a photograph prior to purchase.
Please see our history of the Halfcrown article for more information.
Smaller laureate head of George III facing right, with larger lettering.
GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA
A larger shield within a garter, with a plainer crown and bearing the inscription:
HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE
The shield is quartered with a central crowned shield shaped inescutcheon, larger than the first type with a larger, plainer crown. The garter is not enclosed by a decorative border.
There is no St. George and dragon, which is replaced by a buckle of the garter, and the legend lettering is larger.
The legend reads:
BRITANNIARUM REX FID DEF
|Silver Weight Troy Ounces||0.4205|
|Fineness / Carat||0.925 Sterling Silver|
|Obverse Designer||Benedetto Pistrucci|
|Reverse Designer||Benedetto Pistrucci|
|Issuing Monarch||George III (1760-1820)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
|Obverse Grade||Reverse Grade||Price||Availability|
|VF||VF||£110.00||Out of Stock|
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