Great Britain 1856 1/2 sovereign

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 29727
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This specimen was lot 29727 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria gold 1/2 Sovereign 1856 MS65 PCGS, Royal mint. The single finest specimen graded by either PCGS or NGC. A type rarely encountered in mint state, with no comparable examples to this one having appeared in the market anytime recently. A satiny finish gives this coin superb eye appeal, and as such it will likely garner significant attention from half sovereign collectors. From The Law Collection." This bust was used on the half sovereign, or ten shilling coin, 1838-85. This is a fairly common date.

Recorded mintage: 2,392,000.

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

Catalog reference: KM 735.1, S-3859.


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