George VI Halfcrowns

Only a couple of changes in this series:
1938 is a trickier date than its neighbours, in keeping with the principle of the "second date".  People tended to hoard the first issue of a new monarch or effigy, but not the second.  It is useful to compare the following date pairs with this in mind:

There is a unique example of a 1952 currency half crown, that turned up in a coin collectors change in 1967.  This is a marvellous story, and I cannot tell it any better than one of its owners can:

Colin Cooke's 1952 Halfcrown

An interesting point to note is the change in the design of the shield from the previous reign.  The new halfcrown features a heraldic shield hanging by a ring and pin - George V's halfcrowns displayed a "tilting shield", with a slot at top left, for a jousting lance.

G5 v G6 HC

This new design was intended to portray a less martial, more peaceful impression.  The reign did not, unfortunately, turn out quite as peacefully as the designer had hoped.


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Diameter 32mm, weight 14.1g, alloy Ag 50% Cu 40% Ni 5% Zn 5%
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Diameter 32mm, weight 14.1g, alloy Cu 75% Ni 25%


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