• 50 Cents 1912-1919, KM# 25, Canada, George V
  • 50 Cents 1912-1919, KM# 25, Canada, George V
Description

George V (1865–1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936. He was the only Emperor of India to be present at his own Delhi Durbar. His reign saw the rise of socialism, communism, fascism, Irish republicanism, and the Indian independence movement, all of which radically changed the political landscape. In 1917, George became the first monarch of the House of Windsor, which he renamed from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as a result of anti-German public sentiment.

When the public noticed that the "D.G." (meaning "By the Grace of God") had been removed from the coins of 1911 there was a tremendous amount of backlash over the "Godless" coins. As a result the obverse was changed in 1912 to add that text back onto the coins by the original designer Sir E. B. MacKennal.

Obverse

Crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M.

The legend is an abbreviated translation of “George V, by the Grace of God, King and Emperor of India”.

The Tudor Crown, also known as the King's Crown or Imperial Crown, is a widely used symbol in heraldry of the United Kingdom. While various crown symbols had been used for this purpose for many years previously, the specific Tudor Crown design was standardised at the request of Edward VII. It was never intended to represent any actual physical crown, although in shape it bears a close resemblance to the small diamond crown of Queen Victoria.

Engraver: Edgar Bertram MacKennal

GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: REX ET IND:IMP:
B.M.

Reverse

The facial value, accompanied by the country name and date, surrounded by two maple boughs and the Tudor Crown on top.

Engraver: W.H.J. Blakemore

50
CENTS
CANADA
1916

Edge

50 Cents

KM# 25 Schön# 23
Characteristics
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 11.62 g
Diameter 29.72 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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