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. See the Half-Crowns section.
One-eighth of a penny. Struck under George IV, William IV and Victoria. Last issued in 1868.
British copper coin. Pronounced 'ape-knee'. Dates back to Saxon times. After decimalisation in 1971 the much smaller 'new' half-penny was launched but demonetised in 1984 when inflation made it near worthless.
Coins made by hand by striking the die with a hammer. Usually very old coins made this way.
Refers to coins found as a collection of more than three. For example, applies when metal detectorists dig up a pile of coins in a field.
Numismatics is the study of coin collecting and it also has its own language with many words and terms. Our Glossary of Numismatic Terms give the explanation to some of these coin collecting words. To contribute terms please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.