Silver coin; Denomination: Halfcrown
Royal Mint, London
King George III (1760-1820)

A severe deficiency of silver coins in circulation in Britain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries was addressed from 1816 with the introduction of a silver coinage which did not contain metal to the value of the denomination. Gold coins were made the standard measure of value. Silver coins were only legal tender under the value of two pounds.

The first bust of the King, with its broad bare shoulders was not well accepted and was discontinued after 1817, being replaced by a simpler head.

Obverse Description

Laureate bust of the King facing left, undraped, around, GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA, below, 1816

Reverse Description

Garnished shield bearing Royal arms within the Garter, crowned, and Collar of the Order; motto on Garter, HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE; around, BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:; the lower left garniture of the shield has the incuse initials WWP (for William Wesley Pole, master of the mint) and at lower right incuse W (for Thomas Wyon, chief engraver)

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