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Coin: Half Sovereign 1888 (Proof only)
Description

This coin is only listed in a handful of catalogues while others affirm it does not exist.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1/2 (x Pound) TypeHalf Sovereign (Pre-decimal, Shield)
Year1888 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintageunknown
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Melbourne Mint Letter M unknown
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000 Thickness (mm)0.9900
Mass (g)3.9940
Obverse

The obverse features the Jubilee bust of Queen Victoria wearing imperial crown and facing left, a long veil falls behind the head, the bust is draped and decorated with the Star of the Garter, and also the badge of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India; around, the legend VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, the artist's initials J.E.B. below the shoulder.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Reverse

Crowned and garnished shield quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4), Scotland (2) and Ireland (3); around, the monarch's legend BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:, the date 1888 is below divided by the bottom of the shield.

Mint mark M below the shield dividing the date.

Reverse inscriptionBRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF: 1888
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Proof only this year. Not listed in Spink or Marsh.

References to additional information:

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

Half Sovereign 1888 (Proof only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 9
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 034
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesH35
Half Sovereign 1888 (Proof only): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
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