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1911 Royal Mint Proof Gold Half Sovereign

22 Carat Gold

King George V saw his role as monarch as being to embody those qualities his far-flung subjects saw as their greatest strengths - diligence, dignity & duty. King George V was the only monarch whose effigy appeared on Half Sovereigns from all seven mints. George reigned during the height of the Royal Mint's reach, but the tumultuous events of World War I, the collapse of the international monetary system and the demise of the gold standard meant that he would be the last King to grace the Half Sovereign .

1911 Royal Mint Proof Gold Half Sovereign Reverse

1911 Royal Mint Proof Gold Half Sovereign Obverse

The King George V "Large Head" obverse appeared on Half Sovereigns during an era of change and turmoil. The effects of momentous events such as World War I and the Great Depression were felt for many decades to follow, influencing the rarity of many Half Sovereigns. The Large Head King George V portrait is seen on many of the rarest coins ever issued as well as many of the most commonly encountered ones.

The points to examine when grading this obverse are:
  • The peaks of the eyebrow and upper cheek;
  • The fine detail in his moustache;
  • The broad area of hair above the ear & towards the fringe;
  • The neck muscle between his ear and the base of his neck.
  • Weakness will show in a lack of definition of the hair including beard and moustache;
  • The top of the ear which would show a lack of sharpness on a weak strike;
  • As always, the rims and fields;



Composition: 91.67% Gold
8.33% Copper
Gold Content: 0.1177 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 3.991 grams
Size: 19.0 mm
Reverse: Benedetto Pistrucci
Obverse: Edgar Bertram Mackennal
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