1834 Half Crown


The 1834 Half Crown

The Reverse shows a crowned shield of arms by Jean Baptiste Merlen.

The edge is reeded.

The Obverse shows a bare head portrait of King William IV (written on the legend as William IIII) by William Wyon.

There are at least 4 variants of this coin.


Mintage: 993,100 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1834 ?
The Monarch is William IV. Amazingly, we had 4 Prime Minsters: Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (Whig) (until 16 July); William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (Whig) (starting 14 November); Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (Tory) (starting 10 December); and Robert Peel (Conservative) (starting 10 December). USA President is Andrew Jackson (D-Tennessee). the Tolpuddle Martyrs (six Dorset farm labourers) are sentenced to be transported to a penal colony for forming a trade union. Harrods founded (as a grocer) in Stepney, London.
William IV (1830-1837)
William IV was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death. He was the third son of King George III. William married Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen and had two daughters (Charlotte and Elizabeth) but was also known to have ten illegitimate children.

Note that on coins, William IV is often written as GULIELMUS 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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1834 Silver HALF CROWN Coin King William IV (Combine Postage) 14.07 grams
1834 Silver HALF CROWN Coin King William IV (Combine Postage) 14.07 grams
£ 49.99
1834 Silver HALF CROWN Coin King William IV (Combine Postage)
1834 Silver HALF CROWN Coin King William IV (Combine Postage)
£ 199.99
1834 William IV Milled Silver Half Crown, G/EF
1834 William IV Milled Silver Half Crown, G/EF
£ 495.00
½ Half Crown - 1834 William IV - Silver Collectable worn grade - Coin - Sp#3834
½ Half Crown - 1834 William IV - Silver Collectable worn grade - Coin - Sp#3834
£ 15.00
1834 William IV Half Crown coin Script WW - High Grade
1834 William IV Half Crown coin Script WW - High Grade
£ 425.00
1834 William IV Milled Silver Half Crown, Fine
1834 William IV Milled Silver Half Crown, Fine
£ 40.00
1834 Halfcrown - William IV British Silver Coin - Very Nice
1834 Halfcrown - William IV British Silver Coin - Very Nice
£ 325.00
1834 WILLIAM IV SCRIPT TYPE HALF CROWN IN A USED FINE CONDITION
1834 WILLIAM IV SCRIPT TYPE HALF CROWN IN A USED FINE CONDITION
£ 41.50

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