Great Britain 1991 1/2 sovereign
This specimen was part of lot 20527 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), which sold for $2,702.50. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Four Piece Sovereign Proof Set, 1991. GEM BRILLIANT PROOF. Authorized mintage of only 1,500 sets, but according to Spink only 1,336 sets were issued. Set also includes a medalette with Royal crown, monarchs name and date of the set. With case of issue and certificate of authenticity and low serial # 27. All are sharply struck as would be expected being a Royal mint product with hard flashy proof surfaces and stark contrast to the frosted devices. All are essentially as made. From the High Rise Collection." This denomination was a revival of the old half sovereign struck in Victorian and Edwardian times. It was accompanied by a gold sovereign, two pounds and five pounds, also not intended to circulate. This denomination, formerly worth ten shillings, has been superseded as a circulating coin by the fifty pence.
Recorded mintage: 1,500 authorized but 1,336 sold.
Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-425; KM 942, KM-PS74 (set); S-PGS14 (set).
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2017 Denver ANA Auction: Ancients, Selections from The Richard Stuart Collection & World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.