George VI Crowns

Only two Crowns were issued during this reign, a 0.500 silver 1937 Coronation Commemorative, and a welcome return for the timeless Pistrucci St. George and the Dragon, to mark the 1951 Festival of Britain.   Some were actually produced on the Festival site, but there is, unfortunately, no way of telling if you have one of those.  The dies were duplicated from an 1899 Crown, with the date added by hand.  Contrary to popular opinion, the 1951 Crown is not a Proof, but was prepared using polished dies, so is often referred to as "Proof-like".

Neither of them were intended to be currency, but they are included for the sake of completeness.

1937
1951
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Alloy Ag 50% Cu 40% Ni 5% Zn 5% Alloy Cu 75% Ni 25%
Diameter 39mm, weight 28.3g


1937

Crowns dated 1937 were also issued each year from 1938 to 1943.  Not a lot of people know that.

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1951

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