Great Britain 1861 1/2 sovereign

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2608
This specimen was lot 2608 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Victoria, 1837-1901. 1/2 Sovereign 1861, London. Larger young head. Vorzüglich. Kleiner Randfehler. (kingdom of Great Britain, Victoria, 1837-1901, half sovereign of 1861, London mint, young head. Extremely fine, Minor edge nick.)"
This type was struck in substantial quantities 1838-85 yet choice specimens are few. Some issues of 1861 bear a die number; this one does not.

Recorded mintage: 1,131,000, a slightly better date.

Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold, .117 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3.96 g.

Catalog reference: Seaby 3859A, Fr-389b; KM-735.1.


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  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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