Great Britain 1892 1/2 sovereign

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20401
GB 1892 half sovereign rev P176-20401.jpg

This specimen was lot 20401 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $282. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Victoria, 1837-1901. Half-Sovereign, 1892. NGC AU-55. Victoria Jubilee bust left by Boehm. Rv. Crowned shield of arms, widely spaced date. Ex: Carr, 1974." This specimen is from a type was struck 1887-92 in some numbers but is rather expensive in nice condition. It is called the "Jubilee" half sovereign as the bust of queen Victoria was introduced in 1887, the fiftieth anniversary of her reign. A half sovereign was worth ten shillings.

Recorded mintage: 13,680,000 (highest mintage date for the denomination).

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

Catalog reference: S-3869D; Fr-393; KM-766.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.

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