Gold coin; Denomination: Halfcrown
Royal Mint, London
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)

A Halfcrown is a 2 shillings and 6 pence coin. Struck as part of a new coinage introduced for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, 1837-1887. The coins all shared a new obverse of the Queen, adapted from Boehm's own Jubillee medal. The new head proved unpopular and was replaced in 1893.

Obverse Description

Bust of the Queen facing left the small wearing imperial crown, long veil falling behind her head, pearl necklace and earring, Ribbon and Star of the Garter and the badge of the Imperial Order of India; in small raised letters on the bust truncation, the artist's initials J.E.B. (Joseph Edgar Boehm); around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA

Reverse Description

Within the Garter with the motto of the Order, HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE, and the Collar of the Order, crowned shield quartered with arms of England (1 and 4); Scotland (2) and Ireland (3); around BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:; below, 1888 divided by the figure of St George and dragon on the base of the Collar.

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