Great Britain 1825 1/2 sovereign

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 20914
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20914 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $2,115. The catalog description[1] noted, "George IV gold Half Sovereign 1825, Laureate Head, MS63 NGC, a number of small abrasions but brilliant luster and certainly nicer than most seen." 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: 761,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: S-3803, KM 689.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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