Great Britain 1824 1/2 sovereign

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 1510
This specimen was lot 1510 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €300 (about US$440 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GRANDE-BRETAGNE, Georges IV (1820-1830), AV demi-souverain, 1824. Très Beau. (kingdom of Great Britain, George IV, 1820-30, gold half sovereign of 1824. Very fine.)"
This type is listed for 1823-25 and is very scarce as is the superseding bare head type of 1826-28 (KM 700). Half sovereigns would not be minted in large numbers until the 1840's.

Recorded mintage: 592,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: S-3803, Fr-379, KM 689.


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  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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