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Coin type: Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal)
Description

The half sovereign is an English and British gold coin with a face value half that of a sovereign: equivalent to half a pound sterling, ten shillings, or 120 old pence. Since the end of the gold standard, it has been issued only in limited quantities as a commemorative coin with a sale price and resale value far in excess of its face value. The main reason for this is because they are used, along with other coins of this type as bullion coins.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type of Sub-types Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal, Shield)
Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal, St George)
Face value1/2 (x Pound)
Years produced1817 - 1953 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
MaterialGold Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000 Thickness (mm)0.9900
Mass (g)3.9940
Obverse

Effigy of the monarch, legend.

Obverse inscription

Reverse

Reverse inscription

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

If you keep your coins in 2x2 cardboard holders, the best size for half sovereign coins is 20mm.

References to additional information:

[Book] Marsh, Michael A. The Gold Half Sovereign. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Coins, 1982.

Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal): Photos

Proof Coin - Half-Sovereign, George VI, Great Britain, 1937
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Royal Mint London, no mint mark (1893 - 1953).
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Proof Coin - Half-Sovereign, George VI, Great Britain, 1937
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George VI (1937).
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List of 100 coins of type: Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal) from United Kingdom
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Half Sovereign 1817 2,080,197 King George III Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1817
Half Sovereign 1818 1,030,286 King George III Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Half Sovereign 1820 35,043 King George III Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1820
Half Sovereign 1821 231,288 King George IV Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate head) GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1823 224,280 King George IV Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate head) GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1824 591,538 King George IV Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate head) GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1825 761,150 King George IV Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate head) GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1826 344,830 King George IV Portrait by William Wyon (Bare Head) GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1826
Half Sovereign 1827 492,014 King George IV Portrait by William Wyon (Bare Head) GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1827
Half Sovereign 1828 1,244,745 King George IV Portrait by William Wyon (Bare Head) GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1828
Half Sovereign 1831 (Proof only) unknown King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1834 133,899 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1835 772,554 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1836 146,865 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1837 160,207 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1838 273,341 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1838
Half Sovereign 1839 (Proof only) 1,230 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1839
Half Sovereign 1841 508,835 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1841
Half Sovereign 1842 2,223,352 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1842
Half Sovereign 1843 1,251,762 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1843
Half Sovereign 1844 1,127,007 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1844
Half Sovereign 1845 887,526 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1845
Half Sovereign 1846 1,063,928 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1846
Half Sovereign 1847 982,636 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1847
Half Sovereign 1848 410,595 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1848
Half Sovereign 1849 845,112 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1849
Half Sovereign 1850 179,595 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1850
Half Sovereign 1851 773,573 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1851
Half Sovereign 1852 1,377,671 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1852
Half Sovereign 1853 2,708,796 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1853
Half Sovereign 1854 1,125,144 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1854
Half Sovereign 1855 2,391,362 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1855
Half Sovereign 1856 2,391,909 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1856
Half Sovereign 1857 728,223 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1857
Half Sovereign 1858 855,578 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1858
Half Sovereign 1859 2,203,813 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1859
Half Sovereign 1860 1,131,500 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1860
Half Sovereign 1861 1,130,867 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1861
Half Sovereign 1862 unknown Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1862
Half Sovereign 1863 1,371,574 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1863
Half Sovereign 1864 1,758,490 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1864
Half Sovereign 1865 1,834,750 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1865
Half Sovereign 1866 2,058,776 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1866
Half Sovereign 1867 992,795 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1867
Half Sovereign 1869 1,861,764 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1869
Half Sovereign 1870 1,159,544 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1870
Half Sovereign 1871 2,242,970 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1871
Half Sovereign 1872 3,604,627 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1872
Half Sovereign 1873 2,092,084 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1873
Half Sovereign 1874 1,884,432 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1874
Half Sovereign 1875 768,240 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1875
Half Sovereign 1876 2,785,187 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1876
Half Sovereign 1877 2,337,482 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1877
Half Sovereign 1878 2,081,941 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1878
Half Sovereign 1879 255,201 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1879
Half Sovereign 1880 1,089,049 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1880
Half Sovereign 1881 104,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1881
Half Sovereign 1882 158,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1882
Half Sovereign 1883 3,090,457 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1883
Half Sovereign 1884 1,181,756 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1884
Half Sovereign 1885 4,479,871 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1885
Half Sovereign 1886 120,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1886
Half Sovereign 1887 Young head 198,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1887
Half Sovereign 1887 Jubilee head 1,070,567 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1888 (Proof only) unknown Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1889 64,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1890 2,266,023 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1891 1,233,286 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1892 13,680,486 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1893 Shield 4,536,649 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1893 St George 4,677,398 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1894 3,794,591 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1895 2,869,183 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1896 3,165,551 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1897 3,798,156 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1898 2,878,527 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1899 3,459,103 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1900 4,799,668 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1901 2,037,664 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1902 4,343,580 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1903 2,753,057 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1904 1,777,470 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1905 3,023,993 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1906 4,635,482 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1907 4,233,421 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1908 4,964,622 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1909 4,240,831 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1910 5,497,881 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1911 6,490,243 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1912 6,502,316 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1913 6,094,290 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1914 7,573,124 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1915 3,196,630 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1916 448,000 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1918 unknown King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1923 (Proof only) 655 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1925 946,615 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1926 806,540 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) 5,501 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1953 (not released) unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH II DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REGINA F: D: +