1/2 Crown    (sold for $18.0)

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1891, Great Britain, Queen Victoria. Silver Half Crown Coin. VF

Condition: VF
Mint Date: 1891
Reference: KM-764.
Denomination: Half Crown
Material: Sterling Silver (.925)
Weight: 13.84gm
Diameter: 32mm

Obverse: Coronated bust of Queen Victoria left.
Legend: VICTORIA DEI GRATIA

Reverse: Crowned quartered shield with arms of the United Kingdom within Order of the Garter belt and St. George Order chain.
Belt Inscription: NOHI . SOIT . QUI . MAL . Y . PENSE . . ("Shame on him who thinks evil of it!")
Legend: BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID : DEF : / 1891

This statement "Honi soit qui mal y pense" supposedly originated when King Edward III was dancing with his first cousin and daughter-in-law, Joan of Kent. Her garter slipped down to her ankle, causing those around her to snicker at her humiliation. In an act of chivalry Edward placed the garter around his own leg, saying "Honi soit qui mal y pense", and the phrase later became the motto of the Order.

Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was from 20 June 1837 the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and from 1 May 1876 the first Empress of India until her death. Her reign as Queen lasted 63 years and seven months, longer than that of any other British monarch to date. The period centred on her reign is known as the Victorian era.

Though Victoria ascended the throne at a time when the United Kingdom was already an established constitutional monarchy in which the king or queen held few political powers, she still served as a very important symbolic figure of her time. The Victorian era represented the height of the Industrial Revolution, a period of significant social, economic, and technological progress in the United Kingdom. Victoria's reign was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire; during this period it reached its zenith, becoming the foremost global power of the time.

Victoria, who was of almost entirely German descent, was the granddaughter of George III and the niece of her predecessor William IV. She arranged marriages for her nine children and forty-two grandchildren across the continent, tying Europe together; this earned her the nickname "the grandmother of Europe". She was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover; her son King Edward VII belonged to the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Through her mother, she was also a first cousin twice removed of Maria Theresa, Holy Roman Empress.

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Posted by: anonymous
2014-06-27
Coin Group
 Denomination: 1/2 Crown
 Metal: Silver
 State: United Kingdom of Great Britain and ...
 Person: Victoria (1819 - 1901)
 Catalog reference:
  KM-764
 
Description:   English
Coin variations: 19 instance(s)
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