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1908 Edward VII British Gold Half Sovereign

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Reverse
General
Type: Edward VII British Gold Half Sovereign 
Years: 1902 - 1910  Cat. Num.: KM# 804 
Country: Great Britain  Period: Edward VII 
Currency: Pound sterling  Face value: Half Sovereign 
System: Sterling pre-decimal  4 Farthings = 1 Penny
12 Pence = 1 Shilling
20 Shillings = 1 Pound (Sovereign)
21 Shillings = 1 Guinea 
Desgr/Engr:  
Obverse: Edward VII head right 
Reverse: St. George slaying the dragon 
Edge: Reeded 
Issue
Year:
1908
Mint: The Royal Mint 
Mintage: 3,997,000 
Scarcity:
Valuation:
 
Notes:  
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Specifications
Alignment:
Medal 
 
Composition: Gold 
Fineness: 0.9170 
Weight(g): 3.9940g 
Weight(Oz): 0.13 Oz 
Net Content: 0.12 Oz (3.66g) 
Bullion Value: $173.52 
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
1908 3,997,000 $180 $180 $180 $200
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