1601-1602 Halfcrown – Elizabeth I


The 1601-1602 Halfcrown - Elizabeth I

Silver (0.925) Halfcrown of Elizabeth I minted in 1601-1602 at the Tower (London) Mint. Seventh issue.

Diameter 35mm and weight 15.02g. SCBC: 2583. North: 2013.

The Obverse shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, crowned, wearing a ruff and holding a lis-tipped sceptre (spelled scepter in USA). Legend is ": 1 : ELIZABETH : D’· G’· ANG’· FRA’· ET L HIBER’· REGINA". The '1' is a mint mark and shows the coin minted 1601-1602.

The Reverse shows a coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée. The legend is ": 1 : POSVI : DEVM : AD IVTORE M : MEVM :" where again the '1' is a mint mark.

Graded as VF and in this condition can command £5,000 up.

Image credit: CNG Coins


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1601 ?
Monarch is Queen Elizabeth I. English Poor Laws created. Shakespeare's Hamlet is (maybe) first performed.
Elizabeth I (1558-1603)
1593 SixpenceElizabeth was born on 7 September 1533, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in the House of Tudor. She reigned from 17 November 1558 until her death (aged 69) on 24 March 1603. Her Coronation was on 15 January 1559.

Elizabeth I is also known as the Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess. She was the last of the five Tudor Monarchs.
General Description: Half-Crowns
The half crown was a British coin which was valued at "2/6" (two shilling and sixpence) – 12½ pence in modern currency. It was literally half the value of the Crown.

Half crowns were first issued around 1549 in gold or silver. It was then issued by the majority of Monarchs (plus Oliver Cromwell) all the way through to Elizabeth II. The last standard mintage was in 1967 and the coin was officially demonetised in 1970, one year before full decimalisation. A proof half crown was released in 1970.

The halfcrown was a large coin, from 1816 to it’s final minting having a diameter of 32mm and weight of 14.1g. In pre-decimalised Britain when the Crown was essentially a commemorative coin, the half crown was the largest denomination coin in circulation and had considerable spending power.

Before 1920, half crowns were actual sterling (92.5%) silver. This was reduced to 50% silver and in 1947 no silver at all was used and cupro-nickel became standard.

Half crowns are beautiful coins to collect and due to their long history they are very popular. As pre-1920 coins are 92.5% silver even worn copies will have the intrinsic price of the metal but they are still very affordable to most people.
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
If you don't see a coin in the list below try the Half-Crowns page on eBay UK

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UK On eBay UK:
Very Rare Great Britain 1601 Half 1/2 Crown Silver Elizabeth I London PCGS XF45
Very Rare Great Britain 1601 Half 1/2 Crown Silver Elizabeth I London PCGS XF45
£ 7,080.09
1966 Great Britain QUEEN ELIZABETH II Vintage OLD 1/2 Half Crown Coin i113554
1966 Great Britain QUEEN ELIZABETH II Vintage OLD 1/2 Half Crown Coin i113554
£ 289.03
GB Halfcrown 1957 UNC (GLIU-003I)
GB Halfcrown 1957 UNC (GLIU-003I)
£ 5.00
1967 Queen Elizabeth II Pre Decimal Coin Set Half Penny ~ Half-Crown Cased 2/11i
1967 Queen Elizabeth II Pre Decimal Coin Set Half Penny ~ Half-Crown Cased 2/11i
£ 6.75

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