Half Sovereign, Coin Type from Alderney - detailed information

Half Sovereign, Coin Type from Alderney (issued 2021 - )
Coin TypeHalf Sovereign

The sovereign is a gold coin of the United Kingdom, with a nominal value of one pound sterling. Struck from 1817 until the present time, it was originally a circulating coin (see pre-decimal Sovereign) accepted in Britain and elsewhere in the world; it is now a bullion coin not intended for circulation, the intrinsic value of which is much higher than its face value. There are several denominations of the Sovereign: Five Sovereigns (Quintuple Sovereign, five pounds gold), Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign and Quarter Sovereign; the current sovereign - with face value of 50 pence is a continuation of the pre-decimal half sovereign, and has been issued as a decimal coin since 1980.

Apart from the sovereigns of the United Kingdom, the British Crown dependency of Alderney has also authorised some mints to issue half sovereigns under its jurisdiction. These are denominated in Alderney Pounds - the local variation of the Pound Sterling. There is a long-standing tradition in the United Kingdom that this type of coin does not have its value and denomination spelled out on the coin; this is not, however, the case with Alderney sovereigns - which have the face value written on them.

Obverse
Alderney / Half Sovereign - obverse photo

Effigy and legend of the ruling British monarch, date of issue.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the monarch, date
Reverse
Alderney / Half Sovereign - reverse photo

Various designs as listed individually below.

Reverse Inscription HALF SOVEREIGN
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
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Half Sovereign: Details
CountryAlderney
CurrencyAlderney Pound
From2021
Face Value1/2 (x Pound)
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.300 mm
Mass3.990 g