50 Cents, Issued by, Hong Kong, 1891
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Diademed head of Queen Victoria, neck bare, facing left; around, VICTORIA QUEEN
At centre within a line circle 50 / CENTS; around above, .HONGKONG.1891 .; around below, four Chinese characters
The 1866 - 67 half dollar issue was .900 fine silver and had unlimited legal tender. From 1890 this denomination was given as 50 cents to differentiate it from the earlier coins. The 50 cent was a token coinage, it did not contain the full nominal value of silver, the silver alloy had been dropped to .800 fine (the same as the 5, 10 and 20 cent coins), and unlike the earlier half dollar the new 50 cent had a limited legal tender of $2. The 50 cent coins entered circulation early in 1891.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Type of item
32 mm (Outside Diameter), 13.516 g (Weight)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900.
[Book] Cribb, Joe. 1987. Money in the Bank, The Hongkong Bank Money Collection., 49 Pages