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Coin: Half Sovereign 1896
Description

A gold coin (19 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a crowned bust of Queen Victoria facing left, veiled and draped, wearing ribbon and Star of Garter; around VICTORIA . DEI . GRA . BRITT. REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP . , the artist's initials, T.B. are below the bust. The reverse features St. George on horseback holding short sword in right hand, wearing a flowing cape, helmet and boots; the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; the date, 1896 in the exergue.

The mint mark (if any; coins struck at the Royal Mint London do not have a mint mark) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1/2 (x Pound) TypeHalf Sovereign (Pre-decimal, St George)
Year1896 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage3,165,551 (3.2 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 2,946,605 (2.9 million)
Melbourne Mint Letter M 218,946 (218946)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000 Thickness (mm)0.9900
Mass (g)3.9940
Obverse

Crowned bust of Queen Victoria facing left, veiled and draped, wearing ribbon and Star of Garter; around, VICTORIA . DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP . The artist's initials, T.B. are below the bust.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA . DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP .
Reverse

St. George on horseback holding short sword in right hand, wearing a flowing cape, helmet and boots; the horse rearing to right over fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; the date, 1896 in the exergue.

The mint mark (if any; coins struck at the Royal Mint London do not have a mint mark) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse inscription

1896

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

References to additional information:

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

Half Sovereign 1896: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Melbourne Mint) unknown
Half Sovereign 1896: Photos
Half Sovereign 1896: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Half Sovereign 1896: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
source
Half Sovereign 1896: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 255 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 784 (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3878 (Royal Mint London)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 26 (Melbourne Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 12 (Melbourne Mint)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3879 (Melbourne Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 048 (Melbourne Mint)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesH41 (Melbourne Mint)
Half Sovereign 1896: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
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
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Melbourne Mint)
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