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  • 1899 Gold Graded Half Sovereign Victoria Coin EF Obverse Old Head
    Obverse EF
  • 1899 Gold Graded Half Sovereign Victoria Coin EF Reverse Old Head
    Reverse EF
  • 1899 Gold Graded Half Sovereign Victoria Coin EF Obverse Old Head
  • 1899 Gold Graded Half Sovereign Victoria Coin EF Reverse Old Head
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1899 Gold Graded Victoria Old Head Half Sovereign Coin

This 1899 Victoria gold half sovereign was minted at The Royal Mint in London. Struck in 22 carat fineness, this gold coin features the old head or veiled head obverse and the St George and the Dragon reverse.

As British legal tender, this coin is exempt from Capital Gains Tax.

As of December 2019 we only have one of these coins in stock and it is in EF graded and it is the one in the photograph. We may not always update images to show future stock, if you would like the coin featured please contact us. Spink reference number 3878. 

Photographs shown may not be the actual coin and may differ in terms of grade, die numbers, design flaws and other minor details. Contact us if you require a photograph prior to purchase.

from £325.71

(VAT Exempt)
Totals are approximate until metal prices are confirmed on the next LBMA fix.

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Sovereign Mints

There were two different mints producing bullion half sovereigns in 1899; The Royal Mint in London and the Melbourne Mint in Australia. Perth produced one but it was in proof form only. 

3,361,881 British half sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in London in 1899. There were 97,221 were issued by Melbourne Mint. These circulation coins have a nominal value of 10 shillings (half a pound).

Victoria Old Head Portrait

This portrait by Thomas Brock is known as the Old Head, the Veiled Head or the Widow Head.


Thomas Brock designed the old head portrait of Queen Victoria. It appeared on coins from 1887 until 1901.


The coin features the St George and the Dragon design on the reverse. This is one of two main reverse sovereign designs seen during Victoria's reign, the other being the shield reverse. The St George and the Dragon reverse was designed by Benedetto Pistrucci and first appeared on the coins in 1817.

There is a lack of any mint mark in the ground under St George, denoting that the coin was minted in London. 


Weight / SizeHalf
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.118
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Mintage Figure3,361,881
Spink Reference3,878
Marsh Reference494
Obverse DesignerThomas Brock
Reverse DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
Issuing Monarch Victoria (1837-1901)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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EFEF£325.71Out Of Stock
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Date Obverse Reverse Price
14 June 2020 EF EF £331.12
Terms & Delivery

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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.

Gold investment products are VAT free. Silver investment products are inclusive of VAT at the current rate unless otherwise stated.

All investment products are based on the live precious metal price. Prices will be fixed once the item has been added to the basket and recalculates just before checking out. 

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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Delivery Information

We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows

Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 
  • International - Royal Mail International Signed / Royal Mail International Tracked / Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed For. Items sent via this method will normally arrive between 3-7 working days. Delivery starts from £15.

Orders under £60

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Royal Mail 2nd Class. Your order will normally arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery starts from £3.50.
  • International - Royal Mail International Standard. Your order will normally arrive between 3-7 working days. Delivery starts from £6.

If you wish to have your order sent by an alternative method (e.g., Saturday Guaranteed) please contact +441253343081 for more information. Please note, we will not dispatch high value orders over a bank holiday weekend.

For international delivery, please check with your local customs office for more information on custom duty and taxes.

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Postal Insurance

We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders < £1500 there is no additional fee
  • Orders > £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

If you require any assistance please do not hesitate to call the showroom on +441253343081 and one of our team can discuss your purchase.