1966 Half Crown – Elizabeth II


The 1966 Half Crown - Elizabeth II

Cupro-Nickel (no silver content) Half Crown of Queen Elizabeth II. SCBC: 4145.

The Reverse shows a Crowned quartered shield of arms with the initials E and R on each side. Designed by Edgar Fuller and Engraved by Cecil Thomas. Their initials can be seen on reverse each side of the base of the shield EF and CT.

The edge is milled.

The Obverse shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Mary Gillick.

Image credit: The Royal Mint


Mintage: 13,375,200 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1966 ?
Monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. Prime Minister is still Harold Wilson (Labour) after calling and winning a 31st March General Election. US President is Lyndon B. Johnson. England beats West Germany 4–2 to win the 1966 World Cup. Government decides to embrace decimalisation (planned for 1971). USA in Vietnam War. Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are sentenced to life imprisonment.
Elizabeth II (1952-Present)
Queen Elizabeth II is the current and longest reigning monarch ever. Born on 21 April 1926 to King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, she became Queen in 1952 and her Coronation was on 2 June 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II has issued many coins and was monarch during decimalisation.
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.
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HALF CROWN 99P ELIZABETH CHOOSE YOUR DATE 1953-1967 FREE P&P
HALF CROWN 99P ELIZABETH CHOOSE YOUR DATE 1953-1967 FREE P&P
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HALF CROWN ELIZABETH 2ND COIN CHOICE OF YEAR 1953 TO 1967
HALF CROWN ELIZABETH 2ND COIN CHOICE OF YEAR 1953 TO 1967
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Half Crown British Coin Pick a Year 1941-1966
Half Crown British Coin Pick a Year 1941-1966
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1953 - 1971  Birthday Coin Set Choose Your Year & Grade Farthing to Half Crown *
1953 - 1971 Birthday Coin Set Choose Your Year & Grade Farthing to Half Crown *
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1966 BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED HALF CROWN COIN
1966 BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED HALF CROWN COIN
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1961 1962 1966 coin sets, crown shillings half penny threepence sixpence florin
1961 1962 1966 coin sets, crown shillings half penny threepence sixpence florin
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HIGHLY POLISHED HALF CROWNS COINS CHOICE OF DATE 1947-1967 WEDDING BIRTHDAY
HIGHLY POLISHED HALF CROWNS COINS CHOICE OF DATE 1947-1967 WEDDING BIRTHDAY
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HALF CROWN 1966 / ELIZABETH II BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIBLE    #WT28157
HALF CROWN 1966 / ELIZABETH II BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIBLE #WT28157
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