Great Britain 1871 1/2 sovereign

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40153
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40153 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Sovereign, 1871. PCGS MS-63. Secure Holder. Die number 9. Lustrous." This bust was used on the half sovereign, or ten shilling coin, 1838-85. This date is 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: 2,063,000.

Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-389f; S-3860B; KM-735.2.


  • 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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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