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.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.