Fremlin Brothers of the Pale Ale Brewery, Maidstone, was not especially noted for its Stout. Yet in the early years of the 20th century they produced a Half Crown Stout which prompts several questions. What is a Half Crown? Was it the cost of the beer and if so how much did you get for your money? Was it just a name designed to give the impression of high quality?
I can answer the first question. A crown was equal to five shillings and since the 19th century was mainly minted for commemoration purposes, Coronations, Jubilees, festivals,the last one in 1965 on the death of Winston Churchill. So Half Crown was 2 shillings and six pence 2/6. Unlike the Crown coin, this was in continuous use until 1970.