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1989 Proof Elizabeth II British Gold Half Sovereign (Shield)

Obverse
Reverse
General
Type: Elizabeth II British Gold Half Sovereign (Shield) 
Year: 1989  Cat. Num.: KM# 955 
Country: Great Britain  Period: Elizabeth II 
Currency: Sovereign  Face value: Half Sovereign 
System: Sovereign coinage   
Desgr/Engr:  
Obverse: Elizabeth II seated on the Coronation throne 
Legend: ELIZABETH·II·DEI·GRA·REG·FID·DGF 
Reverse: Crowned and quartered shield on tudor rose 
Legend: ANNIVERSARY·OF·THE·GOLD·SOVEREIGN·1489·1989 
Edge: Reeded 
Purpose: Bullion 
Issue
Year:
1989 Proof
Mint:  
Mintage: 25,000 
Scarcity:
(URS16)
Valuation:
 
Notes: Proof only 
Grades & Prices Available 
NONE AVAILABLE
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Specifications
Composition: Gold 
Fineness: 0.9170 
Weight (g): 3.9900g 
Weight (Oz): 0.13 Oz 
Net Content: 0.12 Oz (3.66g) 
Bullion Value: $205.04 
Alignment:
Medal 
 
Diameter: 19.00mm 
Thickness:  
Description

The half sovereign was first introduced in 1544 under Henry VIII. It was a gold coin valued at ten shillings or 120 pre-decimal pennies. After 1604, the issue of half sovereigns, along with sovereigns, was discontinued until 1817, following a major revision of British coinage. Production continued until 1926 and, apart from special issues for coronation years, was not restarted until 1980. It was also used extensively in Australia, until 1933.

Modern half sovereigns, from 1817 onwards, have a diameter of 19.30 mm, a weight of 3.99 g, are made of 22 carat (91.666%) gold alloy, and contain 0.1177 troy ounces (3.7 g) of gold. The reverse side, featuring St. George slaying a dragon was designed by Benedetto Pistrucci, whose initials appear to the right of the date.

Value Range
Year Mintage G F VF EF AU UNC BU PROOF
1989 Proof 25,000 $545
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