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Coin: Half Sovereign 1818
Description

The half-sovereign was introduced in 1817 as part of a re-coinage at the end of the Napoleonic wars. From 1816 the silver coins no longer contained their intrinsic value of silver they are therefore termed a "token coinage". The gold content of the sovereign was however retained at full metal value. The half-sovereign was current at 10 shillings.

The half sovereign was designed by Pistrucci and shows, on the reverse side, a rather angular shield displaying the arms of England, Scotland and Ireland in each corner and the German dominions in the center.

The coins were struck in the new Royal Mint building on Tower Hill with steam powered presses supplied by Messrs Boulton, Watt and Rennie.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1/2 (x Pound) TypeHalf Sovereign (Pre-decimal, Shield)
Year1818 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage1,030,286 (1.0 million) RarityC (Common)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 1,030,286 (1.0 million)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchKing George III EffigyPortrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000 Thickness (mm)0.9900
Mass (g)3.9940
Obverse

Laureate head of King George III facing right; hair short; the tie has a loop and two hanging ends; the King's neck is bare. Below, the date 1818; around, commencing at the bottom of the coin, the legend GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA.

Obverse inscription GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Reverse

Crowned angular shield quartered with the arms of England, Scotland, Ireland and France with inescutcheon the arms of the electorate of Brunswick and Luneburg surmounted by the Electoral crown. Beginning at the bootom of the coin, around the legend REX FID: DEF: BRITANNIARUM interrupted by the crown at the top.

Alignment: reverse die axis.

Reverse inscriptionBRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Marsh, Michael A. The Gold Half Sovereign. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Coins, 1982. pp. 1-3.

Half Sovereign 1818: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof FDC unknown
1818/17 Overdate unknown, Rarity: R6 (4 to 8 examples known)
Half Sovereign 1818: Photos
Half Sovereign 1818: Photo Coin - Half-Sovereign, George III, Great Britain, 1818
Coin - Half-Sovereign, George III, Great Britain, 1818
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Half Sovereign 1818: Photo Coin - Half-Sovereign, George III, Great Britain, 1818
Coin - Half-Sovereign, George III, Great Britain, 1818
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Half Sovereign 1818: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Marsh, The Gold Half Sovereign401, 401A (1818/17 Overdate)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 673
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3786
Half Sovereign 1818: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Whitman, Guidebook of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 1962 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties 1818/17 Overdate
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proof FDC, 1818/17 Overdate
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