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Coin: Half Sovereign 1885
Description

A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a young head of Queen Victoria facing left, hair filleted; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, below, 1885. On the reverse, a garnished shield, crowned and lined, around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID:DEF:.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1/2 (x Pound) TypeHalf Sovereign (Pre-decimal, Shield)
Year1885 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage4,479,871 (4.5 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint London No mint mark 4,468,871 (4.5 million), Rarity: C (Common)
Melbourne Mint Letter M 11,000 (11000), Rarity: R5 (9 to 14 examples known)
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

Young head of Queen Victoria facing left, hair filleted; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, below, 1885.

Obverse 5 by Marsh: it has a lower relief and the largest bust of all varieties of the Young Head portrait. Because of this, the bun in the Queen's hair is clearly inside the legend area. The lower point of the neck truncation is in a similar position and touches the date. Thickening of the rim and toothing is also evident, which (coupled with the larger bust) gives an overall cramped impression.

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

Obverse inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1885
Reverse

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

Mint mark (if any) below the shield. No die number.

Reverse inscription

BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

Marsh lists Royal Mint London mintage as 4,533,605 and Melbourne Mint mintage as 11,003..

References to additional information:

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

Half Sovereign 1885: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Overdate 1885/3 (Royal Mint London) unknown (included in main number), Rarity: R5 (9 to 14 examples known) (hover mouse for text)
Half Sovereign 1885: Photos
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Half Sovereign 1885: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Marsh, The Gold Half Sovereign459 (Royal Mint London), 459A (1885/3 Overdate)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 246 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 735.1 (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3861 (Royal Mint London)
Marsh, The Gold Half Sovereign475 (Melbourne Mint)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 14 (Melbourne Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 5 (Melbourne Mint)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3863B (Melbourne Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 027 (Melbourne Mint)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesH27 (Melbourne Mint)
Half Sovereign 1885: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Marsh, The Gold Half Sovereign 1982 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint Royal Mint London
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Melbourne Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Royal Mint mintage
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Melbourne Mint mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Overdate 1895/3
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