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half crown

a former silver or cupronickel coin of Great Britain equal to two shillings and sixpence: use phased out after decimalization in 1971.
Origin of half crown
First recorded in 1535-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Presently, however, he paid her with a half-crown piece, and she must go forth after the change.

  • I could pay her railway fare with the half-crown Aunt Dora gave me.

  • To do this would cost thousands of pounds, and he had just one half-crown and a few coppers.

    The Angel of the Revolution George Griffith
  • By-the-by, did your uncle ever ask what you did with that half-crown?

    The Crofton Boys Harriet Martineau
  • He settled to move in on the following Monday, and left a half-crown as deposit.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • Mrs. Postwhistle read the letter and produced the half-crown.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • I'm here and there, and where not, like the conjurer's half-crown in the lady's handkercher.

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens
  • Mr Benden strode after her, with the half-crown in his pocket.

    All's Well Emily Sarah Holt
  • Another is to take the half-crown and penny together in the fingers, the penny underlying the half-crown, concealed from view.

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
  • Could it be entirely for the sake of the half-crown that she made these extraordinary exertions?

    Susan Amy Walton
British Dictionary definitions for half-crown


a British silver or cupronickel coin worth two shillings and sixpence (now equivalent to 121/2p), taken out of circulation in 1970 Also called half-a-crown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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