The 1835 gold half sovereign features the second bust of King Geroge IV on the obverse, with the William IV shield as the reverse design.
The second bust of Willaim IV is distinguishable from the original as the top of the ear appears broader with a flatter edge, the the revere beading also being more course. The obverse design of the William IV shield was introduced to replace the St George and the Dragon engraving, designed by Benedetto Pistrucci.
William IV half sovereigns were minted from 1834 to 1837.
The 1835 gold half sovereign was only the second half soverieign issued during the reign of King William IV. Previous issues of the half sovereign 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 1835 issue.
The obverse depicts a bare head potrait of King William IV by William Wyon.
The inscription reads:
GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
The reverse shows Jean Baptiste Merlen's design of a crowned and garnished square topped sheild.
The inscription reads:
|Weight / Size||Half|
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||0.11768|
|Fineness / Carat||0.917 / 22|
|Obverse Designer||William Wyon|
|Reverse Designer||Jean Baptiste Merlen|
|Issuing Monarch||William IV (1830-1837)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
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