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Coin: Half Sovereign 1859
Description

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1/2 (x Pound) TypeHalf Sovereign (Pre-decimal, Shield)
Year1859 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage2,203,813 (2.2 million) RarityN (Normal)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 2,203,813 (2.2 million)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by William Wyon (Young Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000 Thickness (mm)0.9900
Mass (g)3.9940
Obverse

Head of Queen Victoria facing left wearing ribbon in her hair; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA; below, 1859.

Obverse 2 by Marsh (1859 - 1871): The bust is slightly larger than on earlier coins, the Queen's hair is noticeably nearer to the G in GRATIA, and the small strand of hair that came out from behind the bun has been removed.

No designer's initials W.W. at the truncation of the Queen's neck (unlike on full sovereigns).

Obverse inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1859
Reverse

Crowned and garnished shield quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4), Scotland (2) and Ireland (3); around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:

A small dot is shown just above the centre of the crossed lines that divide the Ensigns Armorial (unlike coins before 1859).

No die number on the reverse (unlike later coins of the same type).

Reverse inscriptionBRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Marsh, Michael A. The Gold Half Sovereign. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Coins, 1982. pp. 13-40.

Half Sovereign 1859: Photos
Half Sovereign 1859: Photo Gold 1/2 sovereign, London (England)
Gold 1/2 sovereign, London (England)
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Half Sovereign 1859: Photo Gold 1/2 sovereign, London (England)
Gold 1/2 sovereign, London (England)
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Half Sovereign 1859: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Marsh, The Gold Half Sovereign433
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 246
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 735.1
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3859A
Half Sovereign 1859: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Marsh, The Gold Half Sovereign 1982 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
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