Great Britain 1841 1/2 sovereign
This specimen was lot 12276 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Sovereign, 1841. PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder. Second finest certified with only one finer." This type was struck 1838-72 in large quantities with a slightly modified obverse continuing until 1874. Despite the large mintages, the type is scarce in nice condition. A rare "narrow shield" variety exists for the date.
Recorded mintage: 509,000.
Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold, .117 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-389b; S-3859; KM-735.1.
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