Asked in British Coins
What is the value of a 1921 British half dollar?
February 16, 2009 9:20AM
Other than for a brief period during the Naploenic Wars, the British have never used a Dollar coin and have never minted one. Their currency is the Pound. Due to a shortage of suitable metals during the Naploenic Wars, the English countermarked various Spanish-American, French and USA coins and used them as "Emergency Issue". Spanish-American 8 Reales were even restruck for the purpose and circulated as Five Shillings. These coins were referred to as "Dollars" and the restruck coins even had the word "Dollar" on them. The same applied to "Half Dollar" coins for the same reason. This practice ceased in 1811.