Great Britain 1878 1/2 sovereign
This specimen was lot 40158 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,092. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Sovereign, 1878. PCGS AU-58. Die number 32. Attractive." 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: 2,082,000.
Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-389f; S-3860E; KM-735.2.
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