This is a Queen Victoria Gold Sovereign from Victoria's Jubilee year of 1888, featuring the traditional George and Dragon design provided in a plastic capsule. [1], A second type was issued and differs in that the shield on the reverse is plain, whilst a third type features a bareheaded king. On the box is the label stating: To weigh and guage sovereigns and half sovereigns, being so exact that no counterfeit can possibly go through the guage, of sufficient weight to turn the balance. B. Merlen Obverse Designer: Sir J. E. Boehm Size: 19mm Weight: 3.99g Edge: Reeded Composition: 91.67% Gold 8.33% Copper Gold Sovereign coins are the UK's most popular investment gold coin. Australia, 1888 Sydney Sovereign - S-3868, first obverse with angled "J" in "JEB". The S … [6], Half sovereigns were not introduced into circulation at this time, however, there was a gold proof half sovereign issued for the Coronation in 1937. [3], The Italian die-cutter responsible – Benedetto Pistrucci was appointed as an assistant engraver at the Royal Mint on June 26, 1816. The half sovereign valued at ten shillings was introduced in the third alongside the quarter-angel. Check those with a … [6] The reverse legend reads “EXVRGAT DEVS DISSIPENTVR INIMICI” which translates as “Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered” from Psalms 68:1. Mints In 1888, The Royal Mint in London, and the Australian mints … It’s the bonus that makes one of Australia’s grand gold coin rarities, even grander. (Roman 1 variety) Values, images, and specifications for the 1887 double florin coin from Britain, England, United Kingdom, Wales, Scotland, Ireland [8] The shield of arms featured on James I’s coinage features the lions of England and the fleurs-de-lis of France in the first and fourth quarters, the second quarter features the lion of Scotland and the third quarter the harp of Ireland. [9][6], From 1549–550 half sovereigns minted at the Tower Mint, and Durham House featured an uncrowned bust of Edward VI on the obverse. [1] There is a crowned shield and mantle on the reverse which was modelled and engraved by Jean Baptise Merlen. [5], The coinage of Henry VIII can be divided into five classes. QTY Net Per Unit VAT Per Unit Gross Per Unit; 1+ 244,80 € 0,00 € 244,80 € Notify me when back in stock Half sovereigns were struck at the Tower and Southwark mints at this time and the half sovereigns exclusively feature his youthful portrait. [1] The half sovereign which weighs 96 grains (6.2 grams), replaced the ryal valued at ten shillings. Is it possible that this has been mounted in a ring with the portrait side outwards, leaving the reverse in a good state of preservation but with a bezel possibly squashing the denticals a bit on the obverse distorting them. Currency Half-sovereigns were not issued by the Royal Mint on the following dates: 1822, 1829-1833, 1839-1840, 1854, 1868, 1881-1882, 1886, 1888-1889, 1916-1981, 1983-1999. Report this Post to the Staff . After 1915 currency half -sovereigns were not issued by the Royal Mint until 1982 when the first bullion half-sovereign issued only for that year. The reverse features a crowned shield which is quartered, containing the arms of France and England held by a lion and dragon. 520 Posts. Sovereigns have been minted since 1817 (in Britain 1817-1917, 1925 and 1957 on). Currency Half-sovereigns were not issued by the Royal Mint on the following dates: 1822, 1829-1833, 1839-1840, 1854, 1868, 1881-1882, 1886, 1888-1889, 1916-1981, 1983-1999. Fantastic restrike coin - Queen Victoria, 1888 Jubilee Head Gold Half sovereign. 1888 UK penny value. 7 and 109 George and the Dragon. Australia Gold Sovereigns Sydney Minted Gold Sovereigns. The half sovereign which weighs 96 grains (6.2 grams), replaced the ryal valued at ten shillings. Melbourne pattern proof Half Sovereigns were made for 1888, but they are excessively rare. Get the best deals on World Gold Sovereign Coins when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. [1] After the death of Chief Engraver Thomas Wyon in 1817, Pistrucci took over his duties, however, his Italian ethnicity prevented him from inheriting Wyon’s official title. (6) Contacts. [1] Coins were minted at the Royal Mint in London from 1887–1893 but not in 1888 or 1889, and at The Melbourne Branch Mint in 1887 and 1893, as well as The Sydney Branch Mint in 1887, 1889 and 1891. [9], The half sovereign is a "protected coin" for the purposes of Part II of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981. Half Sovereign 1886 A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a young head of Queen Victoria facing left, hair filleted; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, below, 1886. 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