1836 Half-Crown – William IV


The 1836 Half-Crown - William IV

William IV Silver Half-Crown (on coin as Gulielmus IIII). No circulation crowns were issued in the reign of William IV (although there were some very rare proof versions) so the half-crown was the biggest denomination in general circulation. SCBC 3834.

1836 did see some overdating of 6 over 5, giving a slightly more expensive coin. The 1836 proof is rare and far more expensive.

The Obverse is a portrait of King William IV by William Wyon (initials 'WW' on truncation of neck).

The Reverse is a beautiful image of a Shield on Mantle.

Image Credit: The Royal Mint.


Mintage: 1,588,750 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1836 ?
The Monarch is King William IV. Prime Minister is William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (Whig). US President is Andrew Jackson (D-Tennessee). In America, the Battle of the Alamo. First minting since 1800 of the fourpence coin (groat or "joey"). Charles Dickens published his first novel The Pickwick Papers
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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UK On eBay UK:
1836 William IV 4th Silver Half Crown Halfcrown Coin
1836 William IV 4th Silver Half Crown Halfcrown Coin
£ 15.99
WILLIAM IV SILVER HALFCROWN 1836
WILLIAM IV SILVER HALFCROWN 1836
£ 19.99
George III William IV Half-Crown Coins Silver Choose your date 1816-1837
George III William IV Half-Crown Coins Silver Choose your date 1816-1837
£ 29.99
1836 Great Britain William IV Silver 1/2 Half Crown Coin - NGC MS64
1836 Great Britain William IV Silver 1/2 Half Crown Coin - NGC MS64
£ 1,600.00
1836 Half-Crown - King William IV silver coin (halfcrown) spacefiller, very worn
1836 Half-Crown - King William IV silver coin (halfcrown) spacefiller, very worn
£ 17.00
WILLIAM IV 1836 HALF CROWN
WILLIAM IV 1836 HALF CROWN
£ 175.00
1836 William IV Milled Silver Half Crown, GF
1836 William IV Milled Silver Half Crown, GF
£ 55.00
1836 William IV Milled Silver Half Crown, A/F
1836 William IV Milled Silver Half Crown, A/F
£ 40.00

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