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Coin: Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only)
Description

Proof FDC only this year.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value1/2 (x Pound) TypeHalf Sovereign (Decimal, St George)
Year1998 CurrentYes
Mintage6,147 (6147)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 6,147 (6147)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000 Thickness (mm)0.9900
Mass (g)3.9940
Obverse

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Reverse

St George on horseback advancing to right wearing a helmet and cape and holding a sword; below horse, fallen dragon with lance in its side; below exergue line at right the artist's initials B.P. (Benedetto Pistrucci); in exergue, 1998.

Reverse inscription1998
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1001
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4440
Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only): References to Information Used
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Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage
Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only): Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
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