Elizabeth II Halfcrowns


Halfcrowns escaped the intense post-decimalisation circulation that shillings and florins suffered from, and consequently, high grade examples tend to be easier to find. Naturally, higher value denominations tend to be cared for more than their lower value counterparts.

A few dates will cause you difficulty if you are assembling a top grade date run - 1954, 1958, and 1959 stand out.

For the variety hunter, there's a handsome crossover mule in 1962, and 1961 halfcrowns come in two different finishes, and can be found with a notable die fill error.  

1953 halfcrowns, in common with the other denominations, are divided into Obverse 1, from the plastic set, and Obverse 2, intended for currency.

1953 1+A
1953 2+A
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1953 1+A 1953 2+A 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961
1961 PD
1962 3+C
1962 3+D
1962 4+C
1962 4+D
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1961 PD 1962 3+C 1962 3+D 1962 4+C 1962 4+D 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967



1953

As with the other denominations, it is always worth keeping an eye out for high grade Obverse 2s. There aren't that many left. Most high grade 1953 halfcrowns will be Obverse 1, ex plastic set.

1953 1+A Obverse 1

  • I of DEI between beads
  • 1st A of GRATIA between beads
  • I of LIZ between beads
  • faint silhouette
  • 123 beads
1953 1+A
1953 2+A Obverse 2

  • I of DEI at a bead
  • 1st A of GRATIA at a bead
  • I of LIZ to the right of a bead
  • clear silhouette
  • 127 beads
1953 2+A

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1961 PD Polished Die

(or, more correctly,
Polished Flan)

Never that obvious in photos, however good they are, but very obvious in the hand
1961
Often catalogued as a variety in its own right, there is a scarce type of 1961 halfcrown where the designers initials, EF (for Edgar Fuller) are missing due to a blocked die.

You can see the progressive nature of the die fill in these three examples - the top photo shows a normal 1961 halfcrown, in the middle photo, the EF is starting to fill, and by the third photo down, even the CT (for Cecil Thomas) is not well struck.
1961 die fill

1962

Obverse 3:
  • I of GRATIA between beads
  • Plain eyebrow
  • I of DEI to the left of a bead
E-II halfcrown Obv 3
Obverse 4:
  • I of GRATIA at a bead
  • Incuse eyebrow
  • I of DEI between beads
E-II halfcrown Obv 4

Reverse C:
  • D of DEF at a bead
  • Medium rim
  • Left leg of N in CROWN at a bead
  • Gap between beads
  • Small beads
  • Cross after date between beads
  • Rightmost bead on crown partially obscured
  • Left leg of A of HALF between beads
E-II halfcrown Rev C

Reverse D:
  • D of DEF between beads
  • Thin rim
  • Left leg of N in CROWN between beads
  • Small Gap between beads
  • Larger beads
  • Cross after date at a bead
  • Rightmost bead on crown clear
  • Left leg of A of HALF to the left of a bead
E-II halfcrown Rev D
1962 3+C 3+C

Davies 2329

COMMON
1962 3+C
1962 3+D 3+D

Davies 2330

SCARCE
1962 3+D
1962 4+C 4+C

Davies 2331

Scarce
1962 4+C
1962 4+D 4+D

Davies 2332

COMMON
1962 4+D

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