Great Britain 1880 1/2 sovereign

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2665
This specimen was lot 2665 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 275 CHF (about US$332 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Victoria, 1837-1901. 1/2 Sovereign 1880, London. Fifth young head. Die number 103. PCGS MS62. (kingdom of Great Britain, Victoria, 1837-1901, half sovereign of 1880, London mint, young head. Uncirculated.)"
This type was struck in substantial quantities 1838-85 yet choice specimens are few. Some issues of 1880 do not bear a die number; this one has die number 103 visible at the bottom of the reverse.

Recorded mintage: 1,008,999, a slightly better date.

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

Catalog reference: Seaby 3860F, Fr-389f; KM-735.2.


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