In 1992 everyone thought that the new European currency would be called the Ecu. Of course, they were wrong, it ended up being called Euro. Some privately issued patterns were struck, they are crownsized and contain the nominal value of 25 Ecus. You have St. George slaying the dragon on one side and Neptune and Europa on either side of a globe of the world with England below. The examples we have are those struck in brass, which is the scarcest metal they were struck in. These are full crownsized and Prooflike condition, you can add one to your collection for just a very reasonable price and remember that this metal is the scarcest of the lot.
This Sterling Silver Halfcrown was issued during the first year of World War I, 1914. It was the largest silver coin struck at the time, as no crown for George V would be issued until 1927. You have the bare head of the King facing left and the reverse has the crowned arms within a wreath. All British coins until and including 1919 were struck in Sterling Silver. The coins on offer are in Fine condition and 1914 is not the easiest date to find. This is an interesting coin, an interesting date and one of the last coins from this country to be struck in Sterling Silver.
It is 1935 and King George V celebrates his Silver Jubilee 1910-1935. Nylon is discovered by Wallace Carothers, Persia asks to be called Iran, ‘Land of Aryans’. The first driving tests are held in Britain. Sir Malcolm Campbell reaches 304. 331 miles per hour. Our coinage is still struck in Silver and our King has very little time left, He will die in January 1936. The coin on offer here is the Shilling, which is well known in military circles. When you joined the forces you were said to ‘Take the King’s shilling’. The Silver Jubilee Shillings is in Very Good – Fine condition and has the bare head oft he King on one side.
On the 21st of April 1980, the Royal Mint struck for the first time a One Pound coin that was NOT made of gold. You had the youthful portrait of the Queen on one side and the arms of Great Britain on the other side. We just found some covers that we bought years and years ago which commemorate this first-ever non-gold Pound. It has a 15 1/2p stamp on it and a picture of the obverse and reverse of the new pound. It has a St. George and the dragon cancellation ‘National Coin Week – National Postal Museum London EC1’. Plus, a blue rubber stamp ‘Posted on the First Day of the Royal Mint Exhibition on the 18th of April 1983 at the National Postal Museum’ and ‘National Coin Week’. All you have to do is add a 1983 Pound and you have a heck of a display piece. We are not offering the coin as many collectors already have it.
The 1940 Halfcrown is one of only two commemorative coins from New Zealand before decimalization. It was issued under King George VI, is struck in silver and the coins are in Extremely Fine condition. It has been years since we last were able to offer this important commemorative coin and once they are gone, who knows when will we find any more. After all, if New Zealand doesn’t have its own coins, who else will.