1946 Half Crown


The 1946 Half Crown

The Reverse shows a quartered shield of arms with crowned royal cyphers each side by George Kruger Gray.

The Obverse shows a portrait of King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget.

Edge is reeded.

Images used by permission of M J Hughes Coins


Mintage: 22,724,800 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1946 ?
Monarch is King George VI. Prime Minister is Clement Attlee (Labour). US President is Harry S. Truman (D-Missouri).
George VI (1936-1952)
George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death on 6 February 1952. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth. His parents were George V and Mary of Teck.

George did not think he would be King, but took the throne after the abdication of his brother Edward VIII. George VI married Elizabeth (known as the Queen Mother) and the couple were very popular during the war years. George was a heavy smoker and died in 1952 from lung cancer. His wife became knows as "Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother" and lived until 30th March 2002 when she was 101.

George VI is the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
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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1946 UK GB GREAT BRITAIN SILVER HALF CROWN COIN
1946 UK GB GREAT BRITAIN SILVER HALF CROWN COIN
USD $ 11.00
1946 UK GB GREAT BRITAIN SILVER HALF CROWN COIN
1946 UK GB GREAT BRITAIN SILVER HALF CROWN COIN
USD $ 11.00
GREAT BRITAIN 1946 HALF CROWN 0.500 SILVER COIN  GEORGE VI  KM # 856.
GREAT BRITAIN 1946 HALF CROWN 0.500 SILVER COIN GEORGE VI KM # 856.
USD $ 19.95
Great Britain 1946 1/2 Crown Silver Coin 1921 Large Penny Lot 2 Coins
Great Britain 1946 1/2 Crown Silver Coin 1921 Large Penny Lot 2 Coins
USD $ 8.00
14 Half Crown Great Britain 1946-1920 Coin Collectors’ Quality $189
14 Half Crown Great Britain 1946-1920 Coin Collectors’ Quality $189
USD $ 145.00
BRITISH 1/2 CROWN SILVER COIN - KING GEORGE VI 1937-1946 KM# 856
BRITISH 1/2 CROWN SILVER COIN - KING GEORGE VI 1937-1946 KM# 856
USD $ 19.80
Great Britain 1/2 Half Crown Lot of 1 Random 1937-1946 Silver coin Investment Ag
Great Britain 1/2 Half Crown Lot of 1 Random 1937-1946 Silver coin Investment Ag
USD $ 19.75
1946 UNITED KINGDOM UK Great Britain GEORGE VI Old Silver Half Crown Coin i85936
1946 UNITED KINGDOM UK Great Britain GEORGE VI Old Silver Half Crown Coin i85936
USD $ 110.80

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