Great Britain 1923 half crown

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Goldberg sale 85, lot 3920
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3920 in Goldberg sale 85 (Los Angeles, June 2015), where it sold for $129. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Halfcrown, 1923. George V. Uncirculated with a deep golden brown overall hue. Seldom seen so nice." This type was issued 1922-26 and most of the dates are common. This one is the most common date. The half crown was sterling silver until 1922, then .500 fine silver, then converted to copper-nickel in 1947. Midway thru 1926, a new bust was introduced (KM 830) in an attempt to alleviate persistent weak strikes. late in 1927, the reverse was modified (KM 835).

Recorded mintage: 26,309,000.

Specification: 14.14 g, .500 fine silver, 32.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S.4021A; ESC-770; KM-818.2.


  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Rayner, P. Alan, and Maurice Bull, English Silver Coinage from 1649, 6th Ed., London: Spink & Son, 2015.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 85: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.

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