Great Britain 1866 1/2 sovereign

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21208
Great Britain 1866 half sovereign rev Heritage 3010-21208.jpg

This specimen was lot 21208 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $1,265. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Half Sovereign 1866, Young Head, Die #21, MS63 NGC, bold strike, satiny luster with light abrasions accounting for the numerical grade assigned; lightly clashed dies. Lots of eye appeal for the grade, a desirable piece." This bust was used on the half sovereign, or ten shilling coin, 1838-85. This date is somewhat common. Die numbering was an experiment done at the mint 1863-80 apparently in an attempt to gather data on die life. Die numbers are also noted on sixpences, shillings, florins and sovereigns.

Recorded mintage: 2,059,000.

Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 735.2; S.3860.


  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • 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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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