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Coin: Half Sovereign 1908
Description

A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a bare head of King Edward VII facing right; around, EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F:D: IND:IMP: below the head in tiny letters the artist's initials DeS. The reverse features St. George on horseback holding short sword, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1908 and the artist's initials B.P..

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)
Year1908 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage4,964,622 (5.0 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint London 3,996,920 (4.0 million) No mint mark
Sydney Mint 538,000 (538000) Letter S
Melbourne Mint 405,034 (405034) Letter M
Perth Mint 24,668 (24668) Letter P
Material0.917 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchKing Edward VII EffigyPortrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000 Thickness (mm)0.9900
Mass (g)3.9940
Obverse

Bare head of King Edward VII facing right; below in small letters De S. (for G.W. De Saulles, Mint Engraver); around, EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:

Obverse inscription EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F:D: 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, 1908 and the artist's initials B.P. 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

1908

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

Note: half sovereigns dated 1907 from the Melbourne Mint were actually struck in 1908. The mintage figure in the Annual Report, 405,034, represents the total number of pieces struck bearing both dates.

Krause lists Melbourne Mint mintages for 1907 and 1908 together, at 400,000.

Half Sovereign 1908: Photos
Half Sovereign 1908: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1908
Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1908
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Notes: Sydney Mint.
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Half Sovereign 1908: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1908
Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1908
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Sydney Mint.
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Half Sovereign 1908: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1908
Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1908
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Half Sovereign 1908: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1908
Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1908
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Half Sovereign 1908: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1908
Coin - Half Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1908
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Perth Mint.
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Half Sovereign 1908: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1908
Coin - Half Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1908
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Perth Mint.
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Half Sovereign 1908: Photo Australia 1908-P 1/2 sovereign
Australia 1908-P 1/2 sovereign
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Notes: Perth Mint.
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Half Sovereign 1908: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 259 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 804 (Royal Mint London)
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3974B (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 14 (Sydney, Melbourne and Perth)
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3977B (Sydney), 3975 (Melbourne) and 3976B (Perth)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 066 (Sydney), 067 (Melbourne) and 068 (Perth)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesH54 (Sydney), H55 (Melbourne) and H56 (Perth)
Half Sovereign 1908: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum 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 Sydney, Melbourne and Perth Mints
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Royal Mint mintage
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Sydney, Melbourne and Perth Mints mintages
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Half Sovereign 1908: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
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Half Sovereign 1908: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1908 Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Half Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1908
Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Half Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1908 Australia 1908-P 1/2 sovereign - CoinFactsWiki
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