United Kingdom: Coin Type Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Type Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal) (issued 1817 - 1953)
Coin TypeHalf Sovereign (Pre-decimal)

The half sovereign is an English and British gold coin with a face value half that of a sovereign: equivalent to half a pound sterling, ten shillings, or 120 old pence. Since the end of the gold standard, it has been issued only in limited quantities as a commemorative coin with a sale price and resale value far in excess of its face value. The main reason for this is because they are used, along with other coins of this type as bullion coins.

Obverse

Effigy of the monarch, legend.

Obverse Inscription
Reverse

Reverse Inscription
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

If you keep your coins in 2x2 cardboard holders, the best size for half sovereign coins is 20mm.

References to additional information:

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

All Coins of Type: Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal) (100)
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Half Sovereign 1817 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1817 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1817 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,080,197
Half Sovereign 1818 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1818 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1818 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,030,286
Half Sovereign 1820 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 35,043
Half Sovereign 1821 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1821 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1821 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 231,288
Half Sovereign 1823 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 224,280
Half Sovereign 1824 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1824 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1824 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 591,538
Half Sovereign 1825 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1825 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1825 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 761,150
Half Sovereign 1826 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 344,830
Half Sovereign 1827 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1827 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1827 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 492,014
Half Sovereign 1828 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1828 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1828 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,244,745
Half Sovereign 1831 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1831 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1831 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Half Sovereign 1834 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1834 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1834 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 133,899
Half Sovereign 1835 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 772,554
Half Sovereign 1836 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 146,865
Half Sovereign 1837 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1837 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1837 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 160,207
Half Sovereign 1838 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1838 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1838 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 273,341
Half Sovereign 1839 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1839 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1839 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,230
Half Sovereign 1841 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1841 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1841 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 508,835
Half Sovereign 1842 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1842 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1842 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,223,352
Half Sovereign 1843 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,251,762
Half Sovereign 1844 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,127,007
Half Sovereign 1845 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 887,526
Half Sovereign 1846 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1846 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1846 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,063,928
Half Sovereign 1847 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 982,636
Half Sovereign 1848 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 410,595
Half Sovereign 1849 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1849 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1849 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 845,112
Half Sovereign 1850 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1850 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1850 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 179,595
Half Sovereign 1851 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 773,573
Half Sovereign 1852 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,377,671
Half Sovereign 1853 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1853 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1853 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,708,796
Half Sovereign 1854 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,125,144
Half Sovereign 1855 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,391,362
Half Sovereign 1856 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1856 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1856 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,391,909
Half Sovereign 1857 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 728,223
Half Sovereign 1858 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1858 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1858 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 855,578
Half Sovereign 1859 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1859 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1859 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,203,813
Half Sovereign 1860 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1860 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1860 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,131,500
Half Sovereign 1861 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,130,867
Half Sovereign 1862 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Half Sovereign 1863 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,371,574
Half Sovereign 1864 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,758,490
Half Sovereign 1865 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,834,750
Half Sovereign 1866 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1866 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1866 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,058,776
Half Sovereign 1867 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1867 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1867 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 992,795
Half Sovereign 1869 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1869 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1869 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,861,764
Half Sovereign 1870 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,159,544
Half Sovereign 1871 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1871 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1871 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 2,242,970
Half Sovereign 1872 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 3,604,627
Half Sovereign 1873 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1873 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1873 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 2,092,084
Half Sovereign 1874 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,884,432
Half Sovereign 1875 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 768,240
Half Sovereign 1876 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1876 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1876 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,785,187
Half Sovereign 1877 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1877 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1877 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 2,337,482
Half Sovereign 1878 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1878 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1878 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,081,941
Half Sovereign 1879 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 255,201
Half Sovereign 1880 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 1,089,049
Half Sovereign 1881 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1881 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1881 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 104,000
Half Sovereign 1882 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 158,000
Half Sovereign 1883 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1883 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1883 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 3,090,457
Half Sovereign 1884 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1884 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1884 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 1,181,756
Half Sovereign 1885 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1885 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1885 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 4,479,871
Half Sovereign 1886 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 120,000
Half Sovereign 1887 Young head United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1887 Young head - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1887 Young head - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 198,000
Half Sovereign 1887 Jubilee head United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1887 Jubilee head - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1887 Jubilee head - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 1,070,567
Half Sovereign 1888 (Proof only) Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: unknown
Half Sovereign 1889 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1889 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1889 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 64,000
Half Sovereign 1890 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 2,266,023
Half Sovereign 1891 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 1,233,286
Half Sovereign 1892 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1892 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1892 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 13,680,486
Half Sovereign 1893 Shield United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1893 Shield - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1893 Shield - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 4,536,649
Half Sovereign 1893 St George United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1893 St George - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1893 St George - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 4,677,398
Half Sovereign 1894 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 3,794,591
Half Sovereign 1895 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1895 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1895 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 2,869,183
Half Sovereign 1896 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1896 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1896 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 3,165,551
Half Sovereign 1897 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 3,798,156
Half Sovereign 1898 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1898 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1898 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 2,878,527
Half Sovereign 1899 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1899 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1899 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 3,459,103
Half Sovereign 1900 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1900 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1900 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 4,799,668
Half Sovereign 1901 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1901 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1901 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,037,664
Half Sovereign 1902 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1902 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1902 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 4,343,580
Half Sovereign 1903 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1903 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1903 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 2,753,057
Half Sovereign 1904 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1904 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1904 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 1,777,470
Half Sovereign 1905 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 3,023,993
Half Sovereign 1906 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1906 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1906 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 4,635,482
Half Sovereign 1907 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1907 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1907 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 4,233,421
Half Sovereign 1908 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1908 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1908 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 4,964,622
Half Sovereign 1909 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1909 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1909 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 4,240,831
Half Sovereign 1910 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1910 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1910 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 5,497,881
Half Sovereign 1911 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1911 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1911 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 6,490,243
Half Sovereign 1912 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1912 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1912 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 6,502,316
Half Sovereign 1913 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 6,094,290
Half Sovereign 1914 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1914 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1914 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 7,573,124
Half Sovereign 1915 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1915 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1915 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mintage: 3,196,630
Half Sovereign 1916 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1916 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1916 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Sydney Mint
Mintage: 448,000
Half Sovereign 1918 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1918 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1918 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Perth Mint
Mintage: unknown
Half Sovereign 1923 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1923 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1923 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Pretoria Mint
Mintage: 655
Half Sovereign 1925 United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1925 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1925 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: South African Mint (Pretoria Mint)
Mintage: 946,615
Half Sovereign 1926 Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Pretoria Mint
Mintage: 806,540
Half Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 5,501
Half Sovereign 1953 (not released) Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-types Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal, Shield)
Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal, St George)
From1817
To1953
Face Value1/2 (x Pound)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
MaterialGold
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000
Thickness (mm)0.9900
Mass (g)3.9940
Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal): Photos
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Coin - Half-Sovereign, George IV, Great Britain, 1824
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Proof Coin - Half-Sovereign, William IV, Great Britain, 1831
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Proof Coin - Half-Sovereign, George VI, Great Britain, 1937
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Royal Mint London, no mint mark (1893 - 1953).
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Coin - Half-Sovereign, George IV, Great Britain, 1824
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Proof Coin - Half-Sovereign, William IV, Great Britain, 1831
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Great Britain 1883 1/2 sovereign
Copyright: CoinFactsWiki / CC BY-SA
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Notes: Queen Victoria, Young Head (1838 - 1887).
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Great Britain 1896 1/2 sovereign
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Notes: Queen Victoria, Veiled Head (1893 - 1901).
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Proof Coin - Half-Sovereign, George VI, Great Britain, 1937
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: King George VI (1937).
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