Great Britain 1887 1/2 sovereign
This specimen was lot 40164 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $2,056. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Sovereign, 1887. PCGS PROOF-64. From a mintage of only 797 pieces." This type was struck 1887-93 in considerable numbers and is called the "jubilee head." This date is common even if the proofs are not.
Recorded mintage: 872,000 plus 797 proofs.
Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-393a; S-3869; KM-766.
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- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.