This 1849 gold half sovereign features the young head portrait of queen victoria with a shield back as the reverse design. The image shown above may not be the sold coin and we recomend that you contact us in our showroom or call us directly for more information.
The 1849 gold half sovereign was only the tenth half soverieign to be issued into circulation during the reign of Queen Victoria. This is because the half sovereign was only issued as a proof coin in 1839 and then neither the half or full sovereign was issued in 1840.
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The half sovereign was first introduced in 1544 during the reign of Henry VIII. Half sovereigns continued to be produced until 1604. At this point they were discontinued (as were gold sovereigns). The first reform coinage sovereigns and half sovereigns were minted in 1817 following the Coinage Act of 1816.
The 1849 full sovereign includes the second (larger) portrait of Queen Victoria. However, the half sovereign continued to be made with the first and smallest young head portrait of the queen until 1858.
The obverse features the first young head portrait of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a double ribbon in her hair.
The inscription reads:
"VICTORIA DEI GRATIA"
and the date (1849) appears below the portrait.
The reverse shows a crowned and garnished shield.
The inscription reads:
"BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:"
completing the monarch's legend, which begins on the obverse.
|Weight / Size||Half|
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||0.118|
|Fineness / Carat||0.917 / 22|
|Obverse Designer||William Wyon|
|Reverse Designer||Jean Baptiste Merlen|
|Issuing Monarch||Victoria (1837-1901)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
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