Great Britain 1991 1/2 sovereign

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 ANA sale, part of lot 20527
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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[1] 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 This denomination, formerly worth ten shillings, has been superseded as a circulating coin by the fifty pence.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.
  • [1]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.

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