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KING GEORGE V GOLD HALF SOVEREIGNS

Category:  World Coins
Owner:  TMS Coins
Last Modified:  3/8/2021
Set Description
KING GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGNS from LONDON, MELBOURNE, PERTH, SYDNEY and SOUTH AFRICA Mints.

KING GEORGE V

The Reign of KING GEORGE V (House of Windsor) :1910-1936
Born: 3 June 1865.
Accession: 6 May 1910.
Married: Mary of Teck, 6 July 1893.
Coronation: Thursday, 22 June 1911; second Coronation as Emperor of India at the Delhi Durbar, 12 December 1911.
Children: five sons, one daughter.
Died: 20 January 1936, aged 70.

King George V of Great Britain succeeded to the throne upon the death of his father King Edward VII in May 1910. Several million gold coins were struck during his reign but few would be used for currency. The main reason for this was the Great War of 1914-1918, and the outbreak of this in August 1914 quickly saw the Government issue Treasury notes for one pound and ten shillings.The public were urged not to use gold and by 1915 gold had all but dissappeared from circulation in London, and the last half-sovereign being struck in that year at the Royal Mint.
Half-sovereigns continued to be issued though by the Australian branch mints of Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and at the new branch mint of Pretoria in South Africa.


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View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1902-70 1/2SOV 1911 NGC PF 67 CAMEO GT.BRITAIN, GEORGE V GOLD PROOF HALF-SOVEREIGN 1911 (S4006).

OBVERSE: Bare head of King facing left.
REVERSE: St. George and the Dragon. Date in ex.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 3,764
RATING: S

1911 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN PF 67 CAMEO

Distruction free GEM with full solid strIke, perfect devices and mirrored fields, making for outstanding eye appeal. A glorious example of this proof coin.
NGC pop report shows only two PF 67 CAMEO with none graded higher.
ex Heritage Auction # 3022, lot 27139, 15 January 2013.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1902-70 1/2SOV 1911 Ex THOS. H. LAW COLLECTION NGC MS 65 GT, BRITAIN, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1911
(Marsh 526; S 4006).

OBVERSE: The bare head of the King facing left. The small letters B.M. for Bertram Mackennal are shown in relief on the lower truncation towards the rear.
REVERSE: St. George mounted with streamer flowing from helmet, slaying the dragon with a sword. Date is shown below the exergue line with the small letters B.P. for Benedetto Pistrucci.
ENGRAVERS: Bertram Mackennal and Benedetto Pistrucci.
DIAMETER: 19.4mm.
WEIGHT: 3.9940g
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 6,104,106.
RATING: C (M.Marsh).

1911 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 65
NGC 3636836-012

Superb GEM with full strike and clear surfaces.
NGC: Pop 3 with none grading higher.
Ex Thos.H. Law Collection.
Ebay : December 2018.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1902-70 1/2SOV 1912 GEORGE V, Ex TED REAMS COLLECTION (M.Marsh 527) NGC MS 66 GT, BRITAIN, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1912.
(Marsh 527; S 4006).

OBVERSE: The bare head of the King facing left. The small letters B.M. for Bertram Mackennal are shown in relief on the lower truncation towards the rear.
REVERSE: St. George mounted with streamer flowing from helmet, slaying the dragon with a sword. Date is shown below the exergue line with the small letters B.P. for Benedetto Pistrucci.
ENGRAVERS: Bertram Mackennal and Benedetto Pistrucci.
DIAMETER: 19.4mm.
WEIGHT: 3.9940g
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 6.224.316.
RATING: C (M.Marsh).

1912 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 66
NGC 3419782-016

An absolutely stunning specimen of this issue.
Superb GEM with vibrant gold color, sharp detailed strike, and fabulous luster over satiny surfaces.
ex Ted Reams Collection.
ex Heritage Auction # 3020, lot 27195, Long Beach, 11 September 2012.
NGC: Pop 1 with none grading higher.


EVENTS IN HISTORY
www.onthisday.com/events/date/1912

January 1, 1912 : Event of Interest; Sun Yat-sen forms the Republic of China.

January 4, 1912 : Smallest earth-moon distance this century, 356,375 km center-to-ctr.

January 6, 1912 : New Mexico becomes 47th state of the Union.

February 14, 1912 : Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state.

March 1, 1912 : U.S. Army Captain Albert Berry performs first (attached-type) parachute jump from an airplane.

March 7, 1912 : Scientific Discovery; Ronald Amundsen announces his discovery of the South Pole (located 14 December 1911).

March 11, 1912 : Election of Interest; Eleftherios Venizelos, leader of the Liberal Party, wins the Greek elections again.

March 12, 1912 : Event of Interest; Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) forms in Savannah, by Juliette Gordon Low.

April 2, 1912 : Event of Interest; Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power.

April 10, 1912 : RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden (and final) voyage.

April 14, 1912 : RMS Titanic hits an iceberg at 11.40pm off Newfoundland.

April 15, 1912 : 'Unsinkable' RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as the band plays on, with the loss of between 1,490 and 1,635 people.

April 18, 1912 : Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.

May 1, 1912 : Beverly Hills Hotel opens.

May 8, 1912 : Film and television production and distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded.

July 6, 1912 : V Summer (Modern) Olympic Games officially open Stockholm.

July 15, 1912 : British National Health Insurance Act goes into effect.

August 5, 1912 : Japan's first taxicab service begins in Ginza, Tokyo.

October 8, 1912 : Montenegro declares war on Turkey, beginning 1st Balkan War.

October 17, 1912 : Bulgaria, Greece & Serbia declares war on Turkey.

October 18, 1912 : The Treaty of Lausanne ends the Italo-Turkish War; Italy annexes Libya.
The First Balkan War breaks out, with Bulgaria, Serbia, and Greece opposed to Turkey.

November 5, 1912 : Election of Interest; Democrat candidate Woodrow Wilson is elected President of the United States, defeating Republican incumbent William Howard Taft and Progressive candidate Theodore Roosevelt.

November 9, 1912 : Ottoman garrison surrenders Thessaloniki / Salonika to the Greek army (OS Oct 27).

December 3, 1912 : Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece & Bulgaria sign weapons pact.

December 16, 1912 : First Balkan War: The Ottoman Navy is defeated by the Royal Hellenic Navy at the Battle of Eli.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1902-70 1/2SOV 1913 NGC MS 65 GT, BRITAIN, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1913
(Marsh 528; S 4006).

OBVERSE: The bare head of the King facing left. The small letters B.M. for Bertram Mackennal are shown in relief on the lower truncation towards the rear.
REVERSE: St. George mounted with streamer flowing from helmet, slaying the dragon with a sword. Date is shown below the exergue line with the small letters B.P. for Benedetto Pistrucci.
ENGRAVERS: Bertram Mackennal and Benedetto Pistrucci.
DIAMETER: 19.4mm.
WEIGHT: 3.9940g .
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 6.094.290.
RATING: C (M.Marsh).

1913 GOLD 1/2 SOVEREIGN MS 65
1287245-003

A true GEM with beautiful gold color, detailed strike and flushy luster.
ex Heritage Auction # 3019, lot 27388, Chicago, 1 May 2012.

PHOTO

KING GEORGE V
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1902-70 1/2SOV 1914 NGC MS 66 GT. BRITAIN, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1914
(Marsh 529; S 4006).

OBVERSE: The bare head of the King facing left. The small letters B.M. for Bertram Mackennal are shown in relief on the lower truncation towards the rear.
REVERSE: St. George mounted with streamer flowing from helmet, slaying the dragon with a sword. Date is shown below the exergue line with the small letters B.P. for Benedetto Pistrucci.
ENGRAVERS: Bertram Mackennal and Benedetto Pistrucci.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 7,251,124
RATING: C (M.Marsh).

In 1914 mintage of gold still continued to be high even though World War I commenced during this year. Following the outbreak the Government issued Treasury banknotes to the value of Sovereigns and Half-Sovereigns, which were convertible to gold on demand at the Bank of England. However the public were encouraged not to do this, as the gold was no doubt needed elsewhere for purchases of vital supplies from overseas.

PHOTO*

A large queue of people formed at the Bank of England on the eve of the First World War in the summer of 1914 to change their banknotes into gold coins.
* From the book " A HISTORY OF THE SOVEREIGN " by Kevin Clancy.

1914 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 66
NGC 3349825-005

Glorious example of this common coin.
Fully struck and fully lustrus with perfect surfaces and bright gold colour, making for outstanding eye appeal.
ex Northeast Numismatics, Concord MA, USA, purchased 10 August 2010.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1902-70 1/2SOV 1915 NGC MS 65 GT. BRITAIN, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1915
(Marsh 530; S 4006).

OBVERSE: The bare head of the King facing left. The small letters B.M. for Bertram Mackennal are shown in relief on the lower truncation towards the rear.
REVERSE: St. George mounted with streamer flowing from helmet, slaying the dragon with a sword. Date is shown below the exergue line with the small letters B.P. for Benedetto Pistrucci.
ENGRAVERS: Bertram Mackennal and Benedetto Pistrucci.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 2.042.747
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1915 GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 65
NGC 3153569-009

GEM UNC example of this last of the "old half-sovereigns", issued by the Royal Mint.
Brilliant, with sharp strike, clear surfaces and full satiny luster.
ex Heritage Auction #3031, lot 28634, Dallas, 21 January 2014.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - CIRCULATION 1/2SOV 1911S ex RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA NGC MS 64 SYDNEY MINT, AUSTRALIA, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1911
(Marsh 537; S 4009).

OBVERSE: Bare head of King facing left.
REVERSE: St.George slaying the Dragon with sword.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 252,000.
RATING: N (M.Marsh)

1911 SYDNEY MINT GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 64

PROVENANCE: RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA
ex Heritage Auction # 3017, lot 27219,
10 January 2012.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - CIRCULATION 1/2SOV 1912S Ex CARANETT COLLECTION NGC MS 64 SYDNEY MINT, AUSTRALIA, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1912
(Marsh 538, S4009).

OBVERSE: Bare head of King facing left
REVERSE: St. George slaying the dragon with sword.
DIAMETER: 19.4 MM
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 278,000
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1912 SYDNEY MINT GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS64

A choice UNC example with strong strike and full luster.
Ex Caranett Collection
Heritage Auction # 61159, lot # 99120, 12 July 2020.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - CIRCULATION 1/2SOV 1914S ex RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA NGC MS 66 SYDNEY MINT, AUSTRALIA, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1914
(Marsh 539; S 4009).

OBVERSE: Bare head of King facing left.
REVERSE: St.George slaying the Dragon with sword.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 322,000.
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1914 SYDNEY MINT GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 66

Superb example with bold strike, perfect surfaces and full shimmering luster.
NGC: Pop 1. The single finest example of the date. Total graded 46.
PROVENANCE: RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA
ex Heritage Auction # 3017, lot 27220,
10 January 2012.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - CIRCULATION 1/2SOV 1915M TED REAMS COLLECTION NGC MS 65 MELBOURNE MINT, AUSTRALIA, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1915 (Marsh 531; S 4007).

OBVERSE: Bare head of King facing left.
REVERSE: St.George slaying the Dragon with sword.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 125,664.
RATING: N (M.Marsh).

1915 MELBOURNE MINT GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 65

A true GEM, with bold strike and strong luster.
ex TED REAMS Collection.
ex Heritage Auction # 3020, lot 26055,
6 September 2012.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - CIRCULATION 1/2SOV 1915P ex RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA NGC MS 64 PERTH MINT, AUSTRALIA, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1915
(Marsh 533; S 4008).

OBVERSE: Bare head of King facing left.
REVERSE: St.George slaying the Dragon with sword.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 136,219
RATING: S (M.Marsh).

1915 PERTH MINT GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 64

PROVENANCE: RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA
ex Heritage Auction # 3017, lot 27221,
10 January 2012
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - CIRCULATION 1/2SOV 1915S ex RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA NGC MS 65 SYDNEY MINT, AUSTRALIA, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1915
(Marsh 540; S 4009).

OBVERSE: Bare head of King facing left.
REVERSE: St.George slaying the Dragon with sword.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.o
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 892,000.
RATING: C (M.Marsh)

1915 SYDNEY MINT GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 65

PROVENANCE: RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA
ex Heritage Auction # 3017, lot 27222,
10 January 2012.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - CIRCULATION 1/2SOV 1916S ex RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA NGC MS 65 SYDNEY MINT, AUSTRALIA, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1916
(Marsh 541; S 4009).

OBVERSE: Bare head of King facing left.
REVERSE: St.George slaying the Dragon with sword.
DIAMETER: 19.4 mm.
WEIGHT: 3.994 g.
FINENESS: 22 carat.
MILLESIMAL FINENESS: 916.66.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 448,000.
RATING: C (M.Marsh)

1916 SYDNEY MINT GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN MS 65

PROVENANCE: RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA
ex Heritage Auction # 3017, lot 27224,
10 January 2012.
View Coin   SOUTH AFRICA 1/2SOV 1925SA NGC MS 62 SOUTH AFRICA, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1925 (S4010).

OBVERSE: Bare head of King facing left.
REVERSE: St. George and the Dragon. The mint mark SA in the centre of the exergue line.
DESIGNERS: Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Benedetto Pistrucci.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 946,615
RARITY: Common.





View Coin   SOUTH AFRICA 1/2SOV 1926SA NGC MS 64 SOUTH AFRICA, GEORGE V GOLD HALF-SOVEREIGN 1926 (S4010).

OBVERSE: Bare head of King facing left.
REVERSE: St. George and the Dragon. The mint mark SA in the centre of the exergue line.
DESIGNERS: Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Benedetto Pistrucci.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 806,540
RARITY: Common.







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