• 1834 Gold Half Sovereign William IV Second Bust by William Wyon
  • 1834 Gold Half Sovereign William IV Second Bust by William Wyon
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1834 Gold Half Sovereign William IV London

The 1834 gold half sovereign features the second bust of King William IV by WIlliam Wyon with the reverse depicting the garnished shield of arms.  

The 1834 gold half sovereign was the first half soverieign to enter circulation during the reign of King William IV. Only the proof half sovereign was commissioned at the beginning of William IV's rule in 1831. Previous half sovereigns had been easily confused with sixpences as they were similar in size. In an attempt to remedy this the half sovereign of 1834 was made slightly smaller (although the weight was kept the same). However, the public rejected this smaller coin and it had to be returned to its original size for the next issue. 

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William IV half sovereigns were minted from 1834 to 1837.


The obverse depicts a bare head potrait of King William IV by William Wyon.

The inscription reads



The reverse shows Jean Baptiste Merlen's design of a crowned and garnished square topped sheild.

The inscription reads

ANNO 1834


Weight / SizeHalf
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.118
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Mintage Figure133,899
Spink Reference3,830
Obverse DesignerWilliam Wyon
Reverse DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
Issuing Monarch William IV (1830-1837)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

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If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item, it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes; therefore, some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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