Half Sovereign, Coin Type from Saint Helena - detailed information

Half Sovereign, Coin Type from Saint Helena (issued 2019 - )
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 Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha has also authorised some mints to issue half sovereigns under its jurisdiction. These are denominated in Saint Helena Pounds - the local variation of the Pound Sterling. Following long-standing tradition, this type of coin has never had its value and denomination spelled out anywhere on the coin.

Obverse
Saint Helena / Half Sovereign - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend in Latin, date of issue.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch, date
Reverse
Saint Helena / Half Sovereign - reverse photo

Various designs as described below.

Reverse Inscription
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

See also:
- United Kingdom pre-decimal half sovereign (1817 - 1953 and United Kingdom decimal half sovereign (1980 - present)

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Half Sovereign: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
From2019
Face Value1/2 (x Pound)
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.300 mm
Mass3.990 g