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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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  • Storm pushed a half-crown in front of him, and the next man did the same.

  • In the vestibule he slipped a half-crown into the attendant's hand.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Thady, but you never think of your priest; think of the half-crown it would be to me.

  • "I'm fly, governor," said that worthy, pocketing the half-crown.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • For all answer I dropped a half-crown into his soft broad palm.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • I like the Mess, and the half-crown whist, and the no 'canon' company.

  • It is as with the schoolboy, who deems himself rich with a half-crown!

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • He tossed a half-crown toward his host, who stared in blank amazement.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • As the cab stopped he said: "You must have mistaken a half-crown piece for a penny, Sir!"

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • By-the-bye, did your uncle ever ask what you did with that half-crown?

    The Crofton Boys Harriet Martineau
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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