half-crown

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half-crown

(hăf′kroun′, häf′-)
n.
A coin formerly used in Great Britain, worth two shillings and sixpence.

half-crown

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

half-crown

[ˈhɑːfˈkraʊn] N (formerly) → media corona f
a half-crownmedia corona

half-crown

[ˌhɑːfˈkraʊn] n (Brit) (old coin) → mezza corona
References in classic literature ?
Kit coming down-stairs would be called in; entertained with some moral and agreeable conversation; perhaps entreated to mind the office for an instant while Mr Brass stepped over the way; and afterwards presented with one or two half-crowns as the case might be.
It is possible to pass a great many bad half pennies and bad half-crowns, but I believe there has no instance been known of passing a halfpenny or a half-crown as a sovereign.
Fifty-seven churches to be erected with half-crowns, forty-two parsonage houses to be repaired with shillings, seven-and-twenty organs to be built with halfpence, twelve hundred children to be brought up on postage stamps.
Gradually the guineas, the crowns, and the half-crowns grew to a heap, and Marner drew less and less for his own wants, trying to solve the problem of keeping himself strong enough to work sixteen hours a-day on as small an outlay as possible.
My own hand placed it in one of the rouleaux of false half-crowns; and my own hand also directed the spurious coin, when it had been safely packed up, to a certain London dealer who was to be on the lookout for it by the next night's mail.
Freddy had half a quid and his friend had four half-crowns. Miss Bartlett accepted their moneys and then said: "But who am I to give the sovereign to?"
I shook these two half-crowns out of him," says the constable, producing them to the company, "in only putting my hand upon him!"
The fat boy looked from the pie-dish to the steak, as if he thought a favour must be in a manner connected with something to eat; and then took out one of the half-crowns and glanced at it nervously.
Hitherto in his own life his wants had been supplied without any trouble to himself, and his first impulse was always to be liberal with half-crowns as matters of no importance to a gentleman; it had never occurred to him to devise a plan for getting half-crowns.
"Two half-crowns and a sixpence," said Tom, promptly.
Grant will just do; and though we play but half-crowns, you know, you may bet half-guineas with him."
'Let me see,' said Mr Curdle; 'twice four's eight--four shillings a-piece to the boxes, Miss Snevellicci, is exceedingly dear in the present state of the drama--three half-crowns is seven-and-six; we shall not differ about sixpence, I suppose?