half crown

  1. 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

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How to use half crown in a sentence

  • It should be added, in justice to the worthy citizen, that a half crown immediately rewarded the witty jarvey for his ready joke.

  • Here I was troubled to be seen by four of our office clerks, which sat in the half-crown box and I in the 1s.

  • I filled my kettle at the tap on the landing, put it on the half-crown oil-stove, and began to prepare our feast.

  • I should say a half crown to the porter and less sums to the others.

    The Complete Bachelor | Walter Germain
  • "I shall pay two shillings for my dinner," said he, "and sixpence for my beer;" and then he deposited the half-crown.

    Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for half-crown


  1. a British silver or cupronickel coin worth two shillings and sixpence (now equivalent to 12 1/2 p), taken out of circulation in 1970: Also called: half-a-crown

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