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Coin: Half Sovereign 1918
Description

A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a bare head of King George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: below on the neck truncation in tiny letters the artist's initials B.M.. 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, 1918 and the artist's initials B.P.

The mint mark (P) 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)
Year1918 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintageunknown RarityR (Rare)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Perth Mint Letter P unknown, Rarity: R (Rare)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchKing George V EffigyPortrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000 Thickness (mm)0.9900
Mass (g)3.9940
Obverse

Bare head of King George V facing left; around, the legend GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: (George the Fifth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); below on the neck truncation in tiny letters the artist's initials B.M.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS V 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, streamer flowing from helmet; the horse rearing to right over fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; the date, 1918 in the exergue; below exergue line at right the artist's initials B.P. (Benedetto Pistrucci).

The mint mark (P for Perth Mint) is in the ground under the horse's right hoof, above the middle of the date.

Reverse inscription

1918

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

Half sovereigns from the Perth Mint bearing the date 1918 were all struck in later years - 1919 and 1920. This probably explains why Marsh lists Perth half sovereigns of 1919 and 1920 too (not attested anywhere) with reference IDs 535 and 535 and a note saying "not circulated".

The Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 says that "4 specimens are known" while Krause lists "Estimated 200 - 250 pieces minted."

Not listed in Friedberg. Friedberg's "Gold Coins of the World" 2nd Edition however lists a Sydney half sovereign of 1918, not listed elsewhere.

References to additional information:

[Book] Marsh, Michael A. The Gold Half Sovereign. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Coins, 1982. pp. 47-51.

Half Sovereign 1918: Photos
Half Sovereign 1918: Photo Australia 1918-P 1/2 sovereign
Australia 1918-P 1/2 sovereign
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Half Sovereign 1918: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1918
Coin - Half Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1918
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Half Sovereign 1918: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1918
Coin - Half Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1918
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Half Sovereign 1918: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Marsh, The Gold Half Sovereign534
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 28
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4008
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 080
Half Sovereign 1918: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Marsh, The Gold Half Sovereign 1982 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
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