Half Sovereign 1892, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Half Sovereign 1892, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1971)
CoinHalf Sovereign 1892

A gold coin (19 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring the Jubilee bust of Queen Victoria wearing imperial crown and facing left, a long veil falls behind the head, the bust is draped and decorated with the Star of the Garter, and also the badge of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, the artist's initials J.E.B. below the shoulder.

On the reverse, a garnished shield, crowned and lined, around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID:DEF: and below 1892, the mint mark (if any) at the middle of the date.

MintMint markTotal Mintage
Royal Mint London No mint mark 13,680,486 (13.7 million), Rarity: C (Common)
Melbourne Mint Letter M unknown
Sydney Mint Letter S unknown
Obverse
United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1892 - obverse photo

The obverse features the Jubilee bust of Queen Victoria wearing imperial crown and facing left, a long veil falls behind the head, the bust is draped and decorated with the Star of the Garter, and also the badge of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India; around, the legend VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, the artist's initials J.E.B. below the shoulder.

Obverse Inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Reverse
United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1892 - reverse photo

Crowned and garnished shield quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4), Scotland (2) and Ireland (3); around, the monarch's legend BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:, the date 1892 is below divided by the bottom of the shield.

Royal Mint London coins do not have a mint mark. The mint mark for branch mints (S for Sydney Mint or M for Melbourne Mint) is below the shield dividing the date. No die number, unlike earlier coins of the type.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF: 1892
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Sydney and Melbourne half sovereigns of 1892 not listed in Marsh, Friedberg, Spink or Renniks.
Melbourne coins are listed in McDonald as "patterns", and Sydney coins as "unconfirmed pattern".

The "ordinary" Royal Mint London sovereigns for 1892 are taken to be of the type listed in Spink as 3869D (lower shield).

References to additional information:

[Book] Marsh, Michael A. The Gold Half Sovereign. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Coins, 1982. pp. 13-40.

Half Sovereign 1892: Known varieties
Variety Proof (Melbourne Mint)
Mintage Issued: unknown
Variety Proof (Sydney Mint)
Mintage Issued: unknown
Variety Lower shield, complete cross (Royal Mint London) S-3869B
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

Normal JEB, lower shield, date therefore spread apart, complete cross on top. Spink 3869B.

Variety No JEB, high shield (Royal Mint London) S-3869C
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

No designer's initials JEB, high shield. Spink 3869C.

Half Sovereign 1892: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Royal Mint mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Sydney and Melbourne)
All (100) coins of type: Half Sovereign (Pre-decimal)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Half Sovereign 1817 2,080,197 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1817
Half Sovereign 1818 1,030,286 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Half Sovereign 1820 35,043 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1820
Half Sovereign 1821 231,288 King George IV - Laureate Head GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1823 224,280 King George IV - Laureate Head GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1824 591,538 King George IV - Laureate Head GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1825 761,150 King George IV - Laureate Head GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1826 344,830 Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1826
Half Sovereign 1827 492,014 Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1827
Half Sovereign 1828 1,244,745 Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1828
Half Sovereign 1831 (Proof only) unknown King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1834 133,899 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1835 772,554 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1836 146,865 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1837 160,207 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Half Sovereign 1838 273,341 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1838
Half Sovereign 1839 (Proof only) 1,230 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1839
Half Sovereign 1841 508,835 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1841
Half Sovereign 1842 2,223,352 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1842
Half Sovereign 1843 1,251,762 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1843
Half Sovereign 1844 1,127,007 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1844
Half Sovereign 1845 887,526 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1845
Half Sovereign 1846 1,063,928 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1846
Half Sovereign 1847 982,636 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1847
Half Sovereign 1848 410,595 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1848
Half Sovereign 1849 845,112 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1849
Half Sovereign 1850 179,595 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1850
Half Sovereign 1851 773,573 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1851
Half Sovereign 1852 1,377,671 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1852
Half Sovereign 1853 2,708,796 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1853
Half Sovereign 1854 1,125,144 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1854
Half Sovereign 1855 2,391,362 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1855
Half Sovereign 1856 2,391,909 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1856
Half Sovereign 1857 728,223 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1857
Half Sovereign 1858 855,578 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1858
Half Sovereign 1859 2,203,813 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1859
Half Sovereign 1860 1,131,500 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1860
Half Sovereign 1861 1,130,867 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1861
Half Sovereign 1862 unknown Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1862
Half Sovereign 1863 1,371,574 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1863
Half Sovereign 1864 1,758,490 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1864
Half Sovereign 1865 1,834,750 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1865
Half Sovereign 1866 2,058,776 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1866
Half Sovereign 1867 992,795 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1867
Half Sovereign 1869 1,861,764 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1869
Half Sovereign 1870 1,159,544 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1870
Half Sovereign 1871 2,242,970 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1871
Half Sovereign 1872 3,604,627 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1872
Half Sovereign 1873 2,092,084 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1873
Half Sovereign 1874 1,884,432 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1874
Half Sovereign 1875 768,240 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1875
Half Sovereign 1876 2,785,187 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1876
Half Sovereign 1877 2,337,482 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1877
Half Sovereign 1878 2,081,941 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1878
Half Sovereign 1879 255,201 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1879
Half Sovereign 1880 1,089,049 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1880
Half Sovereign 1881 104,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1881
Half Sovereign 1882 158,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1882
Half Sovereign 1883 3,090,457 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1883
Half Sovereign 1884 1,181,756 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1884
Half Sovereign 1885 4,479,871 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1885
Half Sovereign 1886 120,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1886
Half Sovereign 1887 Young head 198,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1887
Half Sovereign 1887 Jubilee head 1,070,567 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1888 (Proof only) unknown Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1889 64,000 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1890 2,266,023 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1891 1,233,286 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1892 13,680,486 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1893 Shield 4,536,649 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Half Sovereign 1893 St George 4,677,398 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1894 3,794,591 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1895 2,869,183 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1896 3,165,551 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1897 3,798,156 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1898 2,878,527 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1899 3,459,103 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1900 4,799,668 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1901 2,037,664 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Half Sovereign 1902 4,343,580 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1903 2,753,057 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1904 1,777,470 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1905 3,023,993 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1906 4,635,482 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1907 4,233,421 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1908 4,964,622 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1909 4,240,831 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1910 5,497,881 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1911 6,490,243 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1912 6,502,316 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1913 6,094,290 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1914 7,573,124 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1915 3,196,630 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1916 448,000 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1918 unknown King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1923 (Proof only) 655 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1925 946,615 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1926 806,540 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Half Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) 5,501 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Half Sovereign 1953 (not released) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REGINA F: D: +
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Half Sovereign 1892: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeHalf Sovereign (Pre-decimal, Shield)
Issued1892
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyQueen Victoria - Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee Head)
Face Value1/2 (x Pound)
Total Mintage13,680,486 (13.7 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1971
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size19.300 mm
Thickness0.990 mm
Mass3.994 g
OCC IDXYRV-PEVR-CXLN-EDQG
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Half Sovereign 1892: Photos
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Great Britain 1892 1/2 sovereign
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Great Britain 1892 1/2 sovereign
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Half Sovereign 1892: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Marsh, The Gold Half Sovereign481 (Royal Mint London)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 251 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 766 (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3869D, 3869B, 3869C (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 9 (Melbourne Mint and Sydney Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 040 (Sydney Mint) and McD 041 (Melbourne Mint)