Great Britain 1836 1/2 sovereign

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 31201
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31201 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $3,960. The catalog description[1] noted, "William IV gold 1/2 Sovereign 1836 MS63 PCGS. A scarce date, this specimen struck with the official obverse die as opposed to the rare Sixpence die error. Very boldly struck in every detail, bright and lustrous with an amber tone, peppered with extremely minor bagmarks rendering it premium for its choice grade. An offering scarcely matched for technical quality in recent auction record. From the Lake County Collection." This type was struck 1835-37 and is scarce.

Recorded mintage: 147,000.

Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold, .117 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-385, KM 722, S-3831.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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