1826 Half Crown – George IV


The 1826 Half Crown - George IV

The Reverse shows a crowned shield of arms by Jean Baptiste Merlen. This is the third reverse.

The Obverse shows a bare head portrait of King George IV by William Wyon.

Proofs were also minted.


Mintage: 2,189,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1826 ?
The Monarch is King George IV. Prime Minister is Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (Conservative) and continues after a June General Election. US President is John Quincy Adams. Thomas Telford builds the Menai Suspension Bridge and the Conway Suspension Bridge, both in Wales. Ludwig van Beethoven is still composing great music.
George IV (1820-1830)
Public domain image from wikipedia.orgGeorge IV was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover following the death of his father, George III, on 29 January 1820, until his own death ten years later. George IV had previously ruled as Prince Regent from 1811-1820 due to his father's mental illness.

George was married to Caroline of Brunswick and they had a daughter, Princess Charlotte, who died following the birth of a stillborn child. As the second son of George III (Prince Frederick) was childless, following the rules of the monarchy on his death George was succeeded by his brother, William IV.

Note that on coin, George IV is often written as Georgivs IIII.
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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1826 Half-Crown - King George IV silver coin (halfcrown)
1826 Half-Crown - King George IV silver coin (halfcrown)
£ 36.00
Pre 1920 Silver Coin - 1826 Silver Half Crown - George IV - Not Scrap 1825
Pre 1920 Silver Coin - 1826 Silver Half Crown - George IV - Not Scrap 1825
£ 29.00
1826 Silver HALF CROWN Coin George IV (1820-30) (Combine Postage)
1826 Silver HALF CROWN Coin George IV (1820-30) (Combine Postage)
£ 39.99
1826 Proof Half Crown George IV
1826 Proof Half Crown George IV
£ 2,950.00
2 x King George IV 1826 crown and king George IV 1924 half crown
2 x King George IV 1826 crown and king George IV 1924 half crown
£ 29.00
GEORGE  IV, 1826 PROOF HALF-CROWN, SLABBED & GRADED PR64 BY PCGS
GEORGE IV, 1826 PROOF HALF-CROWN, SLABBED & GRADED PR64 BY PCGS
£ 6,250.00
1826 GEORGE IV SILVER HALF CROWN IN FINE CONDITION.
1826 GEORGE IV SILVER HALF CROWN IN FINE CONDITION.
£ 45.00
1826 HOLED & PLUGGED GEORGE IV SILVER HALF CROWN IN FINE CONDITION.
1826 HOLED & PLUGGED GEORGE IV SILVER HALF CROWN IN FINE CONDITION.
£ 32.00

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