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Great Britain Half Crown and Crown  1839 to 1887
Great Britain Half Crown and Crown 1839 to 1887

Nice coin, Mysty1! You have either a crown or half crown from Great Britain. Both these coins look the same, but their size is different:

CROWN: 38 mm diameter
HALF CROWN: 31 mm diameter

Half crowns that look like our picture were minted from 1839 to 1887, while crowns that look like our picture were minted from 1839 to 1847. This page applies to half crowns and crowns between these dates.

The coin in the picture is in wonderful numismatic condition, with very little wear and no scratches, spots, stains, or evidence of cleaning. It is from eBay seller Bondorana, who has a lot of nice coins for sale. Here are some approximate catalog values for these coins:

CROWN (38 mm diameter, 0.841 troy ounces silver):
worn: $50
average circulated: $200
well preserved: $800
fully uncirculated: $2000

HALF CROWN (31 mm diameter, 0.42 troy ounces silver):
worn: $30
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $350
fully uncirculated: $800
half crowns dated before 1865 are more rare and are worth about twice these values
half crowns dated 1841 are very rare and catalog about $2000 in average circulated condition
half crowns dated 1843 and 1848 catalog near $750 in average circulated condition

These are inflated catalog values. To understand how catalog value relates to actual value, please go to our Terminology page.

CoinQuest thanks Bondorana for the use of their coin photo. It's a beauty!

Coin: 1591 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: misty1, Sat, 17-Oct-2009 16:05:47 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 03-Sep-2012 13:55:04 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Wed, 10-May-2017 01:09:33 GMT
Requester description: 1845 victoria dei gratia - regina fid def - britanniarum. around the edge decus et tutamen. anno regni viii
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