1819 Half Crown – George III


The 1819 Half Crown - George III

Silver (0.925 Sterling Si1lver) Halfcrown of King George III. SCBC: 3789. Diameter 32.00mm, Weighs 14.14g. A rare variant is the 1819/8 overstrike.

The Reverse shows a crowned shield, The shield is quartered and has a legend around it "HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE" which means Shame on he who thinks evil of it. The Reverse is by Thomas Wyon.

The edge may be plain or reeded.

The Obverse shows a portrait of Laureate head of King George III by Benedetto Pistrucci.

Proof versions exist.

Image credit: The Royal Mint


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1819 ?
In the UK: The Monarch is George III but due to illness his son George is Prince Regent. Prime Minister is Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (Tory). Birmingham is lit by gas for the first time and used the Birmingham Gas Light and Coke Company. Queen Victoria is born (24 May) as Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent, Queen Regnant. A few months later (26 August) her future husband Albert is born.
In the USA: US President is James Monroe (DR-Virginia). Thomas Jefferson founds the University of Virginia. Spain cedes Florida to the United States. Arkansas Territory is created. SS Savannah sails from Savannah, Georgia to Liverpool, England and is the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean; it took more than 29 days. Alabama is admitted as the 22nd U.S. state
George III (1760-1820)
Born on 4 June 1738 to Frederick, Prince of Wales and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha in the house of Hanover, George III reigned for over 59 years.

George had 15 children - nine sons and six daughters. In the latter part of his life George suffered from a mental illness and his son George became Prince Regent from 1811-1820 and ruled on his behalf. On George III's death, the Prince Regent became George IV.

Note the latin spelling of George on his coins: Georgivs.
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.
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George III, Great Britain, Half Crown, 1819, Contemporary Counterfeit, Very Fine
George III, Great Britain, Half Crown, 1819, Contemporary Counterfeit, Very Fine
£ 20.00
1819 Half crown Coin King George IIII .925 silver. Counter Stamped JMF
1819 Half crown Coin King George IIII .925 silver. Counter Stamped JMF
£ 24.99
1819 KING GEORGE III GB SILVER HALF CROWN COIN (247)
1819 KING GEORGE III GB SILVER HALF CROWN COIN (247)
£ 48.00
GEORGE III SILVER HALFCROWN 1819
GEORGE III SILVER HALFCROWN 1819
£ 19.99
1819 George III Silver Half Crown
1819 George III Silver Half Crown
£ 135.00
1819   george half crown
1819 george half crown
£ 19.99
1819 | George III Half-Crown | Silver | Coins | KM Coins
1819 | George III Half-Crown | Silver | Coins | KM Coins
£ 38.32
1819 EF George III Silver Half Crown Coin LCGS 60, AU58-MS60
1819 EF George III Silver Half Crown Coin LCGS 60, AU58-MS60
£ 275.50

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