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Coin: Half Sovereign 1889
Description

A gold coin (19 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring 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, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, the artist's initials J.E.B. below the shoulder.

On the reverse, a garnished shield, crowned and lined, around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID:DEF: and below 1889, the mint mark (S or M) at the middle of the date.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1/2 (x Pound) TypeHalf Sovereign (Pre-decimal, Shield)
Year1889 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage64,000 (64000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Sydney Mint Letter S 64,000 (64000)
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

A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring 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, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, the artist's initials J.E.B. below the shoulder.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Reverse

Garnished shield, crowned and lined, around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID:DEF: and below 1889, the mint mark, (S or M) at the middle of the date.

Reverse inscription

BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF: 1889

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

Melbourne Mint half sovereigns are not listed for this year in Friedberg, Spink or Renniks.

References to additional information:

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

Half Sovereign 1889: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Melbourne Mint, plain edge) unknown
Half Sovereign 1889: Photos
Half Sovereign 1889: Photo Proof Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Proof Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1889
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Author:
Notes: Melbourne Mint. Proof.
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Half Sovereign 1889: Photo Proof Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Proof Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Melbourne Mint. Proof.
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Half Sovereign 1889: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 22 (Sydney Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 9
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3871B (Sydney Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 035 (Sydney Mint) and McD 036 (Melbourne Mint)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesH36 (Sydney Mint)
Half Sovereign 1889: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Sydney Mint
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Mint link Melbourne Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Sydney Mint mintage
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof (Melbourne Mint)
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Half Sovereign 1889: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
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Half Sovereign 1889: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1889
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