1839 1/2 Sovereign With a Twist, You Might Not See Another

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  1. 7Jags

    7Jags Well-Known Member

    Here is an 1839 half sovereign, a coin I rather like. Let me apologize at the lack of photographic skills. See if you can figure out what is unusual about this one:

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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Why is it silver?
     
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  4. 7Jags

    7Jags Well-Known Member

    Yes, you are correct! Maybe that was too obvious...
     
  5. Zonker

    Zonker Active Member

    Any other significance if it were gold?
     
  6. 7Jags

    7Jags Well-Known Member

    There are subtle differences as this is not just an off metal strike but rather a pattern. The only other was in the Norweb collection.
     
  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Wow!

    Half sovereign pattern in silver... wouldn't that have been in danger of being confused for a sixpence, perhaps, had it escaped into circulation? I haven't looked up the relative mm sizes.
     
  8. 7Jags

    7Jags Well-Known Member

    Yes, I'm sure but evidently only two made so not sure it would have gotten out a lot..LOL
     
  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    True, I'll imagine it was rather zealously guarded even at the time, then.
     
  10. Mister T

    Mister T Member

    Nice - is the design the same as the gold?
     
  11. 7Jags

    7Jags Well-Known Member

    Yes, exactly and a pattern at that and not an error. The only other one I am aware of was the Norweb example and this was got from Spink a bit over 20 years ago.
     
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