British Silver Coins

Silver Crown Coins

The British Silver Crown is a large circulated coin weighing 28.276g of .925 fine Silver, making them 92.5% pure Silver. These coins are like a Silver version of the famous Gold Sovereigns. Silver Crowns functioned as currency but due to their large sizes they were eventually mostly used for commemorative purposes

British Silver Crown coins contain two metals, Silver and Copper with the split between the two being 92.5% Silver and 7.5% Copper. Like other countries, Britain eventually debased her coins to a lower Silver content of 50% post 1920. The lower Silver content saw the introduction of manganese into the Crown's alloy. All coins after 1947 were no longer struck with any Silver as the copper-nickel alloys became the choice alloy for Britain's coinage

Not all Silver Crowns contain the same Silver percentage. George V and George VI Crowns are only 50% Silver whereas coins that predate 1902 are 92.5% Silver. Several batches of Queen Elizabeth II Crowns were released by the Royal Mint to commemorate an event or anniversary. All these Crowns do not have any precious metal content and are copper/nickel alloys. These coins were struck in large mintages and have very little resale value on the secondary market

Historic British Silver Coins

.925 Fine Silver Crowns


Pre-1902 Silver Crown Intrinsic Value

British Silver Coins

.500 Fine Silver Crowns

Post-1902 Silver Crown Intrinsic Value