1905 Half Crown


The 1905 Half Crown

The Reverse is a crowned quartered shield of arms by George William de Saulles.

Edge is reeded.

The Obverse shows a bare-head portrait of King Edward VII, also by George William de Saulles.

The mintage was fairly low at 166,000.


Mintage: 166,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1905 ?
Monarch is Edward VII. Prime Minister is Arthur Balfour (Conservative) but is outed by Henry Campbell-Bannerman (Liberal) who wins the general election with a large majority. Theodore Roosevelt is US President. Alf Common becomes the first £1,000 footballer in his transfer from Sheffield United to Middlesbrough. The AA (Automobile Association) is formed. Aspirin sold for the first time.
Edward VII (1901-1910)
Edward VII was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death in 1910. Edward was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Edward married Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863.

Five Pound, Two Pound and Crowns were only released in 1902. The 1902 Proof set for the Coronation is unusual in that it had a Matt finish. Gold Sovereign mintages were high during the reign of Edward VII, averaging more than 10 million per year which makes them fairly common even today.
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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1905 half crown
1905 half crown
£ 289.99
1905 Half Crown - Edward VII - Nice example - Rare Coin
1905 Half Crown - Edward VII - Nice example - Rare Coin
£ 320.00
1905 Coin Year Set 8 Coin Collection Very Rare Including Half Crown
1905 Coin Year Set 8 Coin Collection Very Rare Including Half Crown
£ 535.00
1905 Coin Set Very Rare Including Half Crown, FLorin and Shilling
1905 Coin Set Very Rare Including Half Crown, FLorin and Shilling
£ 550.00
1905 YEAR SET. HALF CROWN. FLORIN. SHILLING. COMPLETE
1905 YEAR SET. HALF CROWN. FLORIN. SHILLING. COMPLETE
£ 1,100.00
1905 HALF CROWN. KEY DATE. EDWARD VII BRITISH SILVER HALF CROWN. RARE
1905 HALF CROWN. KEY DATE. EDWARD VII BRITISH SILVER HALF CROWN. RARE
£ 650.00
1905 Halfcrown - Edward VII British Silver Coin - Rare
1905 Halfcrown - Edward VII British Silver Coin - Rare
£ 325.00
1905 Halfcrown - Edward VII British Silver Coin - Rare Key Date. Nice Example
1905 Halfcrown - Edward VII British Silver Coin - Rare Key Date. Nice Example
£ 650.00

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