Gold coin; Denomination: Sovereign
Royal Mint, London
King George III (1760-1820)
The half-sovereign was introduced in 1817 as part of a re-coinage at the end of the Napoleonic wars. From 1816 the silver coins no longer contained their intrinsic value of silver they are therefore termed a "token coinage". The gold content of the sovereign was however retained at full metal value. The half-sovereign was current at 10 shillings.
The coins were struck in the new Royal Mint building on Tower Hill with steam powered presses supplied by Messrs Boulton, Watt and Rennie.
Laureate head of George III facing right above the date, 1817; around, GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA
Crowned shield quartered with the arms of England, Scotland, Ireland and france with inescutcheon the arms of the electorate of Brunswick and Luneburg surmounted by the Electoral crown; around, REX FID: DEF: BRITANNIARUM
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
19 mm (Outside Diameter), 3.974 g (Weight)
[Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 3786 Pages
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.