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6. GREAT BRITAIN, QUEEN VICTORIA GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGNS 1838-1901, CIRCULATION ISSUES

Category:  World Coins
Owner:  TMS Coins
Last Modified:  3/27/2021
Set Description
QUEEN VICTORIA, CURRENCY GOLD HALF SOVEREIGNS 1838-1901.

The Royal Mint struck its first gold sovereign in 1489 during the reign of Henry VII. This coin became known as "sovereign" because the obverse design depicted the King enthroned in regal splendour. It was the first gold coin produced with a value of one pound or twenty shillings, it was the largest coin yet issued in England and also the most beautiful. The half-sovereign was introduced a few years after, during the reign of King Henry VIII (1509-1547), in the year 1544, nearly 300 years before the modern coinage period. The modern sovereign, smaller and featuring on the reverse the classic St. George and the dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci and the half-sovereign featuring the Royal Arms were introduced in 1817, during the reign of King George III (1760-1820), taking the form in which we know them today.
Gold half-sovereigns continued to be issued by the Royal Mint in London for the reigns of King George IV (1821-1830), King William IV (1831-1837), Queen Victoria (1838-1901), King Edward VII (1902-1910), and King George V (1911-1915).
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 year 2000 was of particular interest to half-sovereign enthusiasts, because for the first time since1982 a bullion type half-sovereign was struck and continued to be struck yearly ever since.

QUEEN VICTORIA

The Reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) House of Hanover.
Born: 24 May 1819.
Accession: 20 June 1837.
Married: Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, 10 February 1840.
Coronation: Thursday 28 June 1838.
Children: four sons, five daughters.
Died: 22 January 1901, aged 81.

Queen Victoria (1819-1901), began her reign upon the death of her uncle on 20 June 1837. She enjoyed the longest reign of any monarch so far. Many fine types and varieties of gold coinage were produced during Victoria's reign. Regarding the half-sovereign, three main types or designs were recognised during this period: The "Young Head", the "Jubilee Head" and the "Old Head" (Veiled Head).

The first gold currency half-sovereign for this reign was issued in 1838, bearing the " Young Head " design on the obverse and the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown on the reverse. Several types and varieties were issued with this design until 1885.
The Golden Jubilee half-sovereign was struck in 1887, bearing on the obverse the bust of the Queen facing left and wearing a small crown and the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom within a garnished shield and surmounted by a royal crown on the reverse. Four more currency issues of half-sovereigns ( 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893) were struck with the same " Jubilee Head " design.
In 1893 the final design of coinage known as the " Old Head " or " Veiled Head " type was introduced. This type featured on the obverse the bust of the Queen facing left, veiled and draped, and on the reverse the design of St. George mounted with streamer flowing from helmet, slaying the Dragon with sword. Nine issues of gold half-sovereigns were struck by the Royal Mint with this design (1893-1901).

Currency Half-sovereigns were not issued by the Royal Mint during Victoria's reign on the following dates: 1839-1840, 1854, 1868, 1881-1882, 1886, 1888-1889.

To elaborate the general rarity of the gold coinage (Gold sovereigns and gold half-sovereigns), despite the large mintage in each date, there are two good reasons to contribute greatly to this matter.
During the Victorian period a very large quantity of worn coinage was withdrawn and melted. Bearing in mind that the sovereign and half-sovereign were then very much in use as a currency, it is not unreasonable to suggest that this withdrawal of gold coinage would certainly have contributed much to the rarity aspect. In fact It was actually the half-sovereign that had the most circulation in Victorian Britain.
The second reason is that both the sovereign and half-sovereign have been extensively used in the world of jewellery, and both these coins have been a big favourite for both sexes to use in rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants. Indeed many of these coins have been lost from the collectors' tray in this way.
Of the two main gold coins, half-sovereigns played a less important role internationally, serving a more domestic function and consequently being struck in smaller numbers. Wear rates recorded during the nineteenth century for half-sovereigns were always higher since the coin had a greater surface area in relation to its weight and was probably more roughly treated. Non only, therefore, did it survive less well, it was more likely to be lost in handling and was more difficult and costly to produce. Problems of wear were more extensive in relation to half-sovereigns, but sovereigns suffered as well. It was estimated that for sovereigns and half-sovereigns to fall below their minimum legal weights would take no more than 15 years. By the late 1860s 30% of sovereigns were thought to be below the least current weight and for half-sovereigns more than double that level. A further 20 years on and the problem had grown much worse. That is why half-sovereigns are a great deal more difficult to find in uncirculated condition, than finding uncirculated gold sovereigns.

REFERENCES:

THE GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN, 2nd Edition 2004, by MICHAEL A. MARSH.
A HISTORY OF THE SOVEREIGN, by Kevin Clancy. A Royal Mint Museum publication. 2nd Edition 2017.
THE SOVEREIGN, The world's most famous coin, by Daniel Fearon, 2001.
COINS OF ENGLAND & THE UNITED KINGDOM, 52nd Edition 2017, by SPINK.
THE COIN YEAR BOOK 2012, Edited by John W. Mussell.


This collection contains examples of all the above types described, 22 of them in the highest certified grade.

Set Goals
The goal is to obtain high grade examples of gold half-sovereigns for every year of Queen Victoria's reign.

Slot Name
Origin/Country
Item Description
Full Grade
Owner Comments
Pics
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1838 VICTORIA NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1838
(Marsh 414; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 273,341
RATING: R (M.Marsh).

1838 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN MS 64
NGC 4692554-004

The rare first date of Victoria's Half-sovereign in an elite near-Gem grade.
Very well struck from fresh dies, with every detail of Victoria's portrait razor-sharp and bold.
Intensely lustrous, an eye-catching bright yellow gold piece which has escaped any circulation or significant contact whatsoever for the last 180 years.
View Coin   Great Britain GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2 SOV 1841 PCGS MS 64 BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1841
(Marsh 415, KM735, S-3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 508,835
RATING: R2 (M.Marsh).

1841 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN MS 64+
PCGS 17231941

Admirably toned over, lending a matte-like finish to the well-kept surfaces, which reveal no meaningful distractions. Scarce in this quality and exceeded in grade by only a single specimen, certified MS65 by NGC.
PCGS : Single finest.

View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1842 NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1842
(Marsh 416; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 2,223,352
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1842 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN MS 64
NGC 4842688-014

A nice example of this Victoria's Type A1 half-sovereign.
Boldly struck with satiny surfaces.
NGC Pop 4, none grading higher.
Ex Atlas Numismatics, August 2019.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1844 VICTORIA YOUNG HEAD (Small), Ex D.MOORE COLLECTION (M.Marsh 418) NGC MS 66 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1844
(Marsh 418; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINT: Royal Mint
MINTAGE: 1,127,007
RATING: R (M.Marsh).

1844 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN MS 66
NGC 2062769-007

A tremendously alluring example of this Victoria's Type A1 half-sovereign. This superb GEM reveals impeccable detail up to the highest point, with the whole of the surfaces sheathed in silk and a layer of anticked patination that delicately covers both sides. The portrait of Victoria is outstanding, with each wave of her hair fully rendered and crisp, and a quick rotation reveals ample reflectivity that shimmers throughout the fields. The reverse design is truly enviable in its boldness and intense luster, retaining an as-struck appearance. Choice so fine, and in a certified realm of its own making.
Definitely this coin is the crown jewel of this collection, for its pedigree, its quality and condition rarity.

Ex D. Moore Collection. Pedigreed to this world class collection adds to allure of this high grade piece.
NGC: One of the most significant condition rarity half-sovereign; the sole finest example certified by full two grades higher than the runner-up examples.
Ex. Heritage Auction # 3051, New York, 9 January 2017, lot 32195.

NGC Price Guide Plate Coin.


EVENTS IN HISTORY
www.onthisday.com/events/date/1844

February 27, 1844: Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day).

June 6, 1844 : Event of Interest; Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) formed by George Williams in London.

June 15, 1844 : Historic Invention; Charles Goodyear patents the vulcanization of rubber.

September 28, 1844 : Oscar I of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden.

November 6, 1844 : Spain grants Dominican Republic independence.

December 4, 1844 : Election of Interest; James Knox Polk elected 11th US President.

View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1845 NGC VF 35 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1845
(Marsh 419; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINT: Royal Mint
MINTAGE: 887,526
RATING: R3 (M.Marsh).

1845 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN VF35
NGC 2827523-001

An extremely rare coin indeed!

View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1846 NGC MS 64
GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1846
(Marsh 420; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,063,928
RATING: R (M.Marsh).

1846 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN MS 64
NGC 2779081-010

An exceptional example of this Victoria's Type A1 half-sovereign.
Boldly struck with clean surfaces and blazing luster.
NGC: Pop 1, second finest.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1847 NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1847
(Marsh 421; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 928,656
RATING: R (M.Marsh).

1847 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 64
NGC 3704320-003

Another exceptional example of this Victoria's Type A1 half-sovereign.
Choice uncirculated with lively cartwheel lustre, bold strike and clean surfaces. Rare thus.
* It is noted in the Terner collection sale that it took Dr Terner 20 years to find a top-grade 1847 Half-sovereign.
Ex Ira & Larry Goldberg Auction #75, lot 3316, 25 September 2013.
NGC: Single finest of only two been certified.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1848/7 Ex RICHLYN COLLECTION NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1848/7
(Marsh 422A , S-3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: Not Known.
RATING: R4 (M.Marsh).

1848/7 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 64
NGC 4219982-001

A glistering example with classic yellow-gold surfaces and a few minor condition issues
that preclude the GEM designation.
Extremely rare 1848 variety ( R4 ). Overdate 8 over 7.
The overdate is readily apparent, even to the unaided eye, and adds another layer of
interest to this already alluring specimen.
M.Marsh, Second Edition 2004, pages 46 and 47, Plates 9 and 10 ( Pictures of the overdate ).
Conditionally rare and scarce at this level of preservation.
NGC: Single finest.

From the RichLyn collection.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1849 Ex D.MOORE COLLECTION NGC MS 65 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF- SOVEREIGN 1849
(Marsh 423; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 845,112
RATING: R (M.Marsh).

1849 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 65
NGC 2062940-004

Outstanding coin, one of the rarer Victoria issues in GEM condition with none certified finer by NGC or PCGS.
Resplendent and choice, with classically toned golden surfaces and full luster that easily gleams from across the fields. Rather bold in strike and visually engaging at every turn, with undeniable eye appeal.
From the D.Moore Collection.
NGC: A conditional rarity, the sole finest example certified by full two grades higher than the runner-up examples.
Ex. Heritage Signature Auction # 3051, New York, January 2017, lot 32197.
NGC : Single finest.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1850 NGC MS 63 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF- SOVEREIGN 1850
(Marsh 424; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 179,275
RATING: R3 (M.Marsh).

1850 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 63
NGC 3925701-106

A beautiful coin with the detail throughout the Queen's portrait as bold as can be
and the reverse shield retaining an as-struck appearance. The whole of the surfaces both sides covered with shimmering luster.
One of the key coins of the collection.
NGC Pop 1 with one grading higher.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1851 PCGS MS 65 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF- SOVEREIGN 1851
(Marsh 425; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 773,575
RATING: S (M.Marsh).

1851 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 65+
PCGS Gold Shield 27942078

An absolute GEM, features a solid strike and immense luster radiating throughout.
Highest graded across both NGC and PCGS.
Stacks&Bowers Auction - Section A, Lot # 20321, 15 January 2021.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1852 NGC MS 65 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF- SOVEREIGN 1852
(Marsh 426; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1.377.671.
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1852 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 65
NGC 1878934-001

Outstanding coin, one of the nicest of Victoria's Type A1 half-sovereigns.
Gem UNC with satiny luster, sharp strike and lovely color to the gold.
ex Heritage Signature Auction # 3014, Rosemont, April 2011, lot 24230.
NGC: Pop 2 with none grading higher.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1853 NGC MS 63 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) Head, Type A1 (without die number) GOLD HALF- SOVEREIGN 1853
(Marsh 427; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 2,708,796
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1853 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 63+
NGC 2814721-001

A beautiful coin with the detail throughout the Queen's portrait as bold as can be
and the reverse shield retaining an as-struck appearance. The whole of the surfaces
both sides covered with shimmering luster.
Conservated by NCS.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1855 NGC MS 63 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) head, Type A1 (without die number) 1855 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN
(Marsh 429; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,120,362
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1855 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN MS 63
NGC 2781545-005

Choice UNC, very well struck with original luster and bright gold color.
NGC: Pop 2 with only one other graded MS64.
ex GK Coins, purchased 10 October 2013.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1856 Ex CARANETT COLLECTION NGC MS 64 GT.BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) head, Type A1 (without die number) 1856 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN
(Marsh 430; S 3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 2.391.909.
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1856 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN MS 64
NGC 1878268-020

An absolutely gorgeous Victorian half-sovereign with its brightness immediately captivating; somewhere between satin and reflecting luster.
The fields positively beaming with the devices slightly frosted in contrast.
Hints of deep orange tone gleam subtly in the recesses.
Some slight double striking is evident in the legend under magnification.

NGC : Single finest.
Ex Caranett Collection.

View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1857 NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) head, Type A1 (without die number) 1857 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN
(Marsh 431; S-3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 728,223
RATING: S (M.Marsh).

1857 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN MS 64
NGC 4492524-002

Bright and beautiful with sharp strike and full shimmering luster.
Ex Atlas Numismatics, 28 March 2018.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1858 NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (small) head, Type A1 (without die number) 1858 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN
(Marsh 432; S-3859).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 855.578
RATING: R (M.Marsh).

1858 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN MS 64
NGC 1878275-005

Bright and beautiful with sharp strike and full shimmering luster.
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View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1859 NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (large) head, Type A2 (without die number) 1859 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN
(Marsh 433; S 3859A).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 2.203.813.
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1859 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS64

A superb coin, with full strike.
The fields with reflective luster and the devices slightly frosted in contrast
give a beautiful proof-like appearance.

View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1860 NGC MS 63 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (large) head, Type A2 (without die number) 1860 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN
(Marsh 434; S 3859A).

OBVERSE: Young head bust of the Queen to the left engraved by William Wyon.
REVERSE: Ornate garnished shield containing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom, engraved by J.B.Merlen.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,131,500
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1860 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 63
NGC 4241103-007

Attractive coin with soft golden radiance which swirls on the surfaces of well center strike.
Ex Heritage Auction # 3057, lot No. 33284, 12 Sept. 2017.

View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1861 Ex CARANETT COLLECTION NGC MS 65 BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (large) Head, Type A2 without die number GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1861 (Marsh 435; S 3859A).

OBVERSE: Young head of Queen (larger than Type A1) facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,130,867.
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1861 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS65
NGC : 1878275-004

A stunning specimen with abundant luster and pristine devices.
Slightly clashed dies on the reverse leaving the incuse corner of Victoria's neck to the top right of the shield, in no way detracting from the eye appeal of this gorgeous gem.
NGC: A conditional rarity, the sole finest example certified by full two grades higher than the runner-up examples.
The single highest graded example of this date by either NGC or PCGS.
Ex Caranett Collection.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1861 NGC MS 63 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (large) Head, Type A2 without die number GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1861 (Marsh 435; S 3859A).

OBVERSE: Young head of Queen (larger than Type A1) facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,130,867.
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1861 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS63

A solid and attractive coin for the grade with full strike and shimmering luster.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1863 NO DIE NUMBER NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (large) Head, Type A2 without die number GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1863
(Marsh 437; S 3859A).

OBVERSE: Young head of Queen (larger than Type A1) facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,371,574 This mintage includes those of the half-sovereigns of the same date with die number.
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1863 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 64
NGC 4156122-006

A brilliant choice uncirculated example, with bold strike, clear fields and strong luster.
NGC: Pop 1, with one grading higher.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1864 NGC MS 63 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young Head Type A2, with die number, GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1864
(Marsh 440; S 3860).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,758,490
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1864 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS63

A beautiful coin, well struck, with cartwheel satiny luster and light reddish gold toning.
ex Heritage Auction # 3030, Lot 24184, 6 January 2014.
NGC: The single finest of the date.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1865 NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young Head Type A2, with die number, GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1865
(Marsh 441; S 3860).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,834.750
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1865 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS64

A beautiful coin, well struck, with cartwheel satiny luster and light reddish gold toning.
NGC: The single finest of the date. '
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1866 Ex LAKE COUNTY COLLECTION NGC MS 63 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young Head Type A2, with die number, GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1866
(Marsh 442; S 3860).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 2,058.776
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1866 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS63
NGC 2754318-004

Ex Lake County Collection.
Heritage Auction #3073, April 2019.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1867 NGC MS 62 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young Head Type A2, with die number, GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1867
(Marsh 443; S 3860).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 992,795
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1867 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 62

Attractive coin, well struck overall with bright luster.
ex A.H.Baldwin & Sons Ltd, London, purchased 30 March 2010. Self submitted.
NGC: Pop 3 with two grading higher.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1869 PCGS MS 63 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young Head Type A2, with die number, GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1869
(Marsh 444); S 3860).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,861,764
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1869 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 63
PCGS 35489092
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1870 Ex LAKE COUNTY COLLECTION NGC MS 62 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young Head Type A2, with die number, GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1870 (Marsh 445; S 3860).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 981,408
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1870 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS62
Ex Lake County Collection.
Heritage Auction #3073, April 2019.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1871 PCGS MS 63 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young Head Type A2, with die number, GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1871 (Marsh 446; S 3860).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 2,217,760
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1871 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS63

Beautiful coin with full strike and satiny luster. Die# 52.
PCGS Pop 2 with none grading higher.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1872 NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (large) head, Type A3 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1872
(Marsh 447; S 3860D).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. No dot.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE:
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1872 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN MS 64

A glowing UNC with a strong strike for the issue, semi proof- like surfaces and considerable remaining luster.
ex Heritage Auction # 3038, lot 35010, Dallas, Jan.13, 2015.
NGC Pop 1 with none grading higher.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1873 NGC MS 63 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (large) head, Type A3 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1873
(Marsh 448; S 3860D).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. No dot.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 2,003,464
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1873 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN MS 63

A very well struck up example with slight proof-like fields on both sides.
Ex Heritage Auction #3063, Lot #34928, January 17, 2018.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1874 PCGS MS 62 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (large) Head, Type A3 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1874 (Marsh 449; S-3860D).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. No dot.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,883,872.
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1874 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS62

A solid and attractive coin for the grade, with very good strike .
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1874 NGC AU 55 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (large) Head, Type A3 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1874 (Marsh 449; S-3860D).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. No dot.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,883,872.
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1874 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN AU 55

A solid and attractive coin for the grade, with very good strike .
Self submitted, June 2017.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1875 Ex RICHLYN COLLECTION NGC MS 64



GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (large) Head, Type A3 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1875 (Marsh 450, S-3860D).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. No dot.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 516,240
RATING: S (M.Marsh).

1875 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 64

Victoria gold 1/2 Sovereign 1875 MS64 NGC, Royal mint, KM735.2, S-3860. Die number 13. With premium reflectivity in the fields and attractive design motifs.
From the RichLyn Collection.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1876 NGC MS 62 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA, Young (large) head with narrow hair ribbon, Type A4, GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1876
(S 3860E).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial witin a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. No dot.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 2.804.187
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1876 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 62

A nice example of this type, with a strong strike and considerable luster.
NGC has certified one coin in this grade with none finer.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1877 YOUNG HEAD (Large) NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (large) head with narrow hair ribbon, Type A4, GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1877,
(Marsh 452, S 3860E).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial witin a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. No dot.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,962,800.
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1877 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 64
NGC 3807874-003

Bright and beautiful with sharp strike and full shimmering luster.
NGC has certified only one coin in this grade with none finer.
ex Heritage Auction # 3038, lot 35011, Dallas, Jan.13, 2015.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1878 NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young (large) head with narrow hair ribbon, Type A4, GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1878.
(Marsh 453; S 3860E).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial witin a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. No dot.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 2,317,506
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1878 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 64

A choice example with strong strike, clear surfaces and blazing luster.
Ex GK Coins Ltd, Mayfair, London, purchased 18 May 2012. Self submitted.
NGC Pop 1 with one grading higher.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1880 NO DIE NUMBER NGC AU 58 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA, Young head Type A5, 1880 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN, without die number.
(S3860F)

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. No dot.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: Not known
RATING: R (M.Marsh).

1880 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN AU 58

Attractive with good strike for the issue.
NGC Pop 2, none finer.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1880 DIE NUMBER NGC AU 58 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA, Young head Type A5, 1880 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN, in very low relief with die number. (S3860F).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown.
Die number below shield. No dot.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: Not known
RATING: R (M.Marsh).

1880 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN AU 58

An exceptional example of this type (with die number).
Attractive with good strike for the issue and considerable remaining luster.
NGC: Pop 2 with two grading higher.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1880 WITH DIE NUMBER PCGS MS 62 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA, Young head Type A5, 1880 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN, in very low relief with die number. (S3860F).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. No dot.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: Not known
RATING: R (M.Marsh).

1880 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN (with die number 103) MS62
.
A good example of this type (with die number).
Attractive with bold strike for the issue and considerable remaining luster.
The second finest example of the date, NGC and PCGS.
ex Atlas Numismatics, Brooklyn, NY, Jan 21 2019.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1880 WITH DIE NUMBER PCGS MS 63 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA, Young head Type A5, 1880 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN, in very low relief with die number. (S3860F).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Die number below shield. No dot.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: Not known
RATING: R (M.Marsh).

1880 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN (with die number 110) MS63

An exceptional example of this type (with die number).
Attractive with bold strike for the issue and considerable remaining luster.
The single finest example of the date, NGC and PCGS.
ex Atlas Numismatics, Brooklyn, NY, Feb.4 2017.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1883 NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young head Type A5, 1883 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN.

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Cross on crown buried in border. Legend and rosettes very close to heavy border. No die number below shield.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 2,807,411
RATING: C (M.Marsh)

1883 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 64
NGC 1290830-004

A nice example of this type with strong strike, clear fields and booming luster.
ex Heritage Auction # 3038, lot 35011, Dallas, January 13, 2015.
NGC: Tied with another one for finest graded.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1884 PCGS MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young head Type A5, 1884 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN.

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Cross on crown buried in border. Legend and rosettes very close to heavy border. No die number below shield.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
RATING: C (M.Marsh)

1884 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 64

A beautiful coin with detailed strike and flushy luster on semi proof-like fields.
ex Heritage Auction #3072, January 16 2016
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1884 NGC MS 63 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young head Type A5, 1884 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN.

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Cross on crown buried in border. Legend and rosettes very close to heavy border. No die number below shield.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
RATING: C (M.Marsh)

1884 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 63

A beautiful coin with detailed strike and flushy luster on semi proof-like fields.
ex Atlas Numismatics, Brooklyn, NY, March 9 2017.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1885 NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young head Type A5, 1885 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN.

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Cross on crown buried in border. Legend and rosettes very close to heavy border. No die number below shield.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 4.533.605.
RATING: C (M.Marsh)

1885 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 64

A choice UNC example of this type with strong strike and beautiful toning..
NGC: Pop 3 with none graded higher.
ex Atlas Numismatics, Brooklyn, NY, March 7 2017.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1885/3 NGC AU 58 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young head Type A5 with no die number, 1885/3 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN, (Marsh 459A; S 3861).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Cross on crown buried in border. Legend and rosettes very close to heavy border. No die number below shield.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: Not Known
RATING: R5 (M.Marsh); Probably 9 to 14 known to exist.

1885/3 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN AU 58
NGC 2834805-005

The most difficult coin in this group (M.Marsh: Type IC Shield half-sovereigns dated 1880 to 1885).
An extremely rare coin, (overdate variety).
NGC: Pop 1 with one grading higher.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1885/3 OVERDATE 5 OVER 3 NGC AU 55
GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Young head Type A5 with no die number, 1885/3 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN, (Marsh 459A; S 3861).

OBVERSE: Young head of Victoria facing left.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted by a crown. Cross on crown buried in border. Legend and rosettes very close to heavy border. No die number below shield.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: Not Known
RATING: R5 (M.Marsh); Probably 9 to 14 known to exist.

1885/3 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN AU 55

The most difficult coin in this group (M.Marsh: Type IC Shield half-sovereigns dated 1880 to 1885).
An extremely rare coin, (overdate variety).
NGC: Pop 2 with one grading higher.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1887 JUBILEE HEAD NGC MS 66 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Jubilee Head, GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1887 with JEB.
(Marsh 478; S 3869).

OBVERSE: The bust of the Queen facing left wearing a small crown, veiled and with ribbon and Star of the Garter and the Victoria and Albert order. Boehm's initials J.E.B. are shown in relief at the bottom rear of the bust.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom within a garnished shield surmounted by an imperial crown.
DESIGNER: Joseph Edwar Boehm (1834-1890).
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 841,200
RATING: S (M.Marsh).

1887 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 66
NGC 2601713-002

Glorious example of this common coin, common in AU and baggy UNC, but this piece is amazing.
Fully struck with gorgeous luster over satiny surfaces, and best of all deep iridescent gold color,
creating elegant eye appeal.
NGC: Pop 5 with none grading higher.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 1/2SOV 1887 JUBILEE HEAD PCGS MS 66 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Jubilee Head, GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1887
(Marsh 478; S 3869).

OBVERSE: The bust of the Queen facing left wearing a small crown, veiled and with ribbon and Star of the Garter and the Victoria and Albert order. Boehm's initials J.E.B. are shown in relief at the bottom rear of the bust.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom within a garnished shield surmounted by an imperial crown.
DESIGNER: Joseph Edwar Boehm (1834-1890).
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 841,200
RATING: S (M.Marsh).

1887 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 66
PCGS 15873600

Gloreous example of this common coin, common in AU and baggy Unc, but this piece is amazing.
Fully struck with gorgeous satiny luster, perfect surfaces, and best of all deep iridescent gold colour, creating elegant eye appeal.
Ex Guilford Courthouse Collection.
ex Heritage Auction # 3010, Boston, 13 August 2010, lot 21211.
NGC: Pop 5 with none grading higher.
PCGS: Pop 6 with two grading higher.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1816-1901 WITH NO JEB 1/2SOV 1887 JUBILEE HEAD NGC MS 62 GT. BRITAIN, VICTORIA Jubilee Head, 1887 GOLD HALF- SOVEREIGN, with no JEB initials.
(Marsh 478B; S 3869D).

OBVERSE: The bust of the Queen facing left wearing a small crown, veiled and with ribbon and star of the Garter and the Victoria and Albert order. The JEB initials standing for J.E.Boehm, the engraver of the design, are absent in this variety.
REVERSE: The Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom within a garnished shield surmounted by an imperial crown.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: Not known.
RATING: S (M.Marsh).

1887 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 62

Scarse variety ( No JEB Initials ), of this common date.
A glowing UNC with considerable remaining luster.
ex J. Welsh Coins, Burton-On-Trent, Staffs, England, purchased 6 October 2009. Self submitted.
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