Great Britain 1899 1/2 sovereign

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20410
GB 1899 half sovereign rev P176-20410.jpg
Sincona sale 54, lot 522
The first specimen was lot 20410 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $212. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Victoria, 1837-1901. Half-Sovereign, 1899. NGC AU-55. Old veiled head left. Rv. Pistrucci’s St. George and the Dragon, date below. Ex: Milchak, 1975." This specimen was lot 522 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 170 CHF (about US$202 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Victoria, 1837-1901. Sovereign 1899, London. Old veiled bust. Vorzüglich-FDC. (kingdom of Great Britain, Victoria, 1837-1901, sovereign of 1899, London mint, old head. Extremely fine-uncirculated.)"
This specimen is from a type was struck 1893-1901 in large numbers. A half sovereign was worth ten shillings.

Recorded mintage: 3,362,000.

Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold, .117 troy oz AGW, the second specimen 3.98 g.

Catalog reference: S-3878; Fr-397; KM-784.


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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.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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