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Half Crown

A former coin in the United Kingdom equal in value to 1/8 of one British pound. Half crowns were demonetized in 1970, the year before the pound was decimalized.
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One vicar moaned that instead of the usual half-crown his flock were plonking 10p coins into the collection plate, a loss of sixpence per head, he reckoned.
The first 'old' coins to go were the halfpenny and half-crown in 1969, along with the 10-shilling note.
We are getting into what was serious money with what used to be our largest coin, the two-and-sixpenny bit, or half-crown (12 1/2p).
When her parents died, she wasted no time in packing up her life in England and, "feeling like a boy with a new half-crown," she set off for Africa.
In pre-decimal currency days, Unionists loved to taunt nationalists that they were more loyal to the half-crown than the Crown.
Half the price I paid at once, the remainder was due in half-crown instalments.
Make it big: remember the old saying - a guinea-sized hole for a half-crown plant.
And then to us: `Who'll lend me a half-crown and a sovereign?'
For younger readers this meant putting in a half-crown or florin, shilling or sixpence.
The old halfpenny was withdrawn from circulation on July 31,1969, and the half-crown (2s 6d) followed on December 31 to ease the transition.
1895: The FA Cup was stolen from a football outfitters in Birmingham - 68 years later an 83-year-old man confessed he had melted it down to make counterfeit half-crown coins.
All gone, along with the silver thre'penny bit, the florin and the half-crown.