Values of Coins of England and Great Britain

('Coins of the UK')

by Tony Clayton


Ten Shillings and Half Guinea (and Eleven Shillings)


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History of the Half Guinea and Half Sovereign
Pictures of Half Sovereigns
Pictures of Half Guineas


Search by reign

Half Guineas

Charles II, James II, William & Mary, William III, Anne, George I, George II, George III

Half Sovereigns

George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, George VI, Elizabeth II


It is stressed that the following prices are a guide to retail prices only, and are in UK pounds. They represent what you might have to pay a dealer, rather than what you might be able to sell them for.
I can take no personal responsibility for their accuracy, although every effort has been made to ensure that they have been copied correctly. In addition it should be noted that the price of gold coins is very dependent on the bullion value of gold.

As indicated in the note below, despite lower quotes in these dated prices the bullion value of a half sovereign is about £85 ($141) or more. Current bullion values of half sovereigns can be found here.

The information has generally been taken from the UK monthly magazine Coin News, and is reproduced by the kind permission of

Token Publishing Ltd, PO Box 14, Honiton, Devon EX14 9YP, UK


Condition Grades

The headings F, VF, EF and Unc refer to the condition grades of the coins. A guide to evaluating grades is found on my UK Coin Values Index page.
Proof coins relatively often found are listed, but the absence of a mention does not mean that a proof of that year does not exist.


Rose-Noble or Ryal
Half Sovereign
Half Pound
Angel
Half Sovereign
Double Crown
Half Laurel
Double Crown
Half Unite
Silver Halfpound
Double Crown

Values of these hammered coins are not available.


Half Guinea

Charles II

First Bust

Year    F       VF      EF 
1669    350     1000    3750
1670    350     1000    3500
1671    500     1300    5000
1672b1  400     1100    4000
b1: first bust

Second Bust

Year    F       VF      EF
1672b2  400     1000    3750
1673    450     1300    4000
1674    500     1600    4200
1675    500     1600    4000
1676    350     1000    3500
1676/4  375     1100    3750
1676ec  675     2400
1677    350     1100    3400
1677ec  650     1800
1678    400     1100    3500
1678/7  400     1100    3500
1678ec  600     1500    5000
1679    400     1100    3400
1680    400     1800
1680ec  650     1750    5500
1681    400     1500
1682    400     1300    3500
1682ec  600     1700
1683    400     1100    3500
1683ec  ex rare
1684    375     1000    3500
1684ec  600     1600    5500
b2: second bust
ec: elephant and castle below bust

James II

Year    F       VF      EF  
1686    450     1100    3500
1686ec  800     2500    7000
1687    450     1400    4000
1688    450     1400    4000
ec: elephant and castle below bust


William & Mary

First Busts

Year    F       VF      EF
1689    550     1800    4000

Second Busts

Year    F       VF      EF
1690    550     1850    4200
1691    550     1800    4000
1691ec  600     1800    4000
1692    500     1500    3750
1692el  ex rare
1692ec  500     1600    4000
1693    ex rare
1694    500     1600    3750
ec: elephant and castle below bust
el: elephant below bust

William III

Year    F       VF      EF

Early harp

1695 350 825 3000 1695ec 600 1600 5000 1696ec 400 1000 3250

Late harp

Year    F       VF      EF
1697    500     1400    4500
1698    500     1200    4000
1698ec  600     1500    3500
1699    ex rare
1700    375     900     3000
1701    375     900     3000
ec: elephant and castle below bust


Anne

Pre-Union

Year    F       VF      EF
1702    700     2200    6500
1703V   5000    12000   30000
1705    600     2000    6000
V: VIGO below bust

Post-Union

Year    F       VF      EF
1707    350     900     2500
1708    350     900     2500
1709    350     900     2500
1710    300     750     2200
1711    300     750     2200
1712    350     900     2600
1713    300     750     2200
1714    300     750     2200

George I

First Head

Year    F       VF      EF
1715    700     1250    4250
1717    300     700     2600
1718    300     700     2600
1719    300     700     2600
1720    325     700     2750
1721    ex rare
1721ec  ex rare
1722    300     700     2500
1723    400     800     3000
1724    325     800     2750
ec: elephant and castle below bust

Second Head

Year    F       VF      EF
1725    300     600     2500
1726    300     600     2500
1727    300     600     2750

George II

Young Head

Year    F       VF      EF
1728    500     1250    3750
1729    500     1250    3500
1729E   600     1500    4500
1730    700     2000
1730E   675     2000
1731    300     950     3000
1731E   ex rare
1732    300     900     3000
1732E   ex rare
1733    unknown?
1734    300     800     2600
1735    ex rare
1736    300     800     3000
1737    400     800     3000
1738    300     750     2500
1739    300     750     2500
1739E   ex rare
E: EIC below bust

Intermediate Head

Year    F       VF      EF
1740    375     1000    3000
1743    unique?
1745    300     900     3000
1745L   1100    3500    7000
1746    275     700     2200
L: LIMA below bust

Old Head

Year    F       VF      EF
1747    300     700     2200
1748    275     800     2200
1749    300     650     2000
1750    300     650     2000
1751    275     600     2000
1752    275     600     2000
1753    275     600     2000
1755    275     600     1800
1756    275     800     2000
1758    275     700     2000
1759    275     650     1800
1760    275     650     1800

George III

First Head

Year    F       VF      EF
1762    650     1800    4250
1763    700     2000    4000

Second Head

Year    F       VF      EF
1764    250     500     1200
1765    500     1200    3500
1766    250     500     1400
1768    250     550     1300
1769    225     550     1400
1772    ex rare
1773    300     600     1500
1774b2  350     700     1800
b2: second head

Third Head

Year    F       VF      EF
1774b3  ex rare
1775b3  1000    3000    6000
b3: third head

Fourth Head

Year    F       VF      EF
1775b4  220     350     600
1776    250     400     1000
1777    225     400     800
1778    225     400     800
1779    225     400     900
1781    225     400     975
1783    500     1600
1784    220     375     800
1785    220     375     700
1786    220     375     700
b4: fourth head

Fifth Head (Spade type)

Year    F       VF      EF
1787    220     375     700
1788    220     375     700
1789    220     375     750
1790    220     375     650
1791    220     375     650
1792    1100    3000
1793    200     400     700
1794    200     400     700
1795    200     500     850
1796    200     400     700
1797    200     400     700
1798    200     400     700
1800    300     800     2000

Sixth Head

Year    F       VF      EF
1801    200     325     600
1802    200     325     600
1803    200     325     600

Seventh Head

Year    F       VF      EF
1804    200     325     600
1805    ex rare
1806    200     325     650
1808    200     325     650
1809    200     325     650
1810    200     325     675
1811    300     600     1150
1813    300     600     900

Extracted from Coin News March 2014


Half Sovereign

Note that bullion values have a marked effect on the value of half sovereigns, and changes, both up and down, rapidly render the listings below obsolete.


George III

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1817    200     370     1000    1500
1818    220     400     1000    1500
1820    220     400     800     1200

George IV

Note that bullion values have a marked effect on the value of half sovereigns, and changes, both up and down, rapidly render the listings below obsolete.

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1821    600     1600    3750    5000
1821    proof           8500    10000
1823    200     280     1000    1500
1824    200     280     850     1250
1825    200     280     750     1000
1826    200     320     1000    1500
1826    proof           6500    8000
1827    200     340     1000    1500
1828    200     350     800     1200

William IV

Note that bullion values have a marked effect on the value of half sovereigns, and changes, both up and down, rapidly render the listings below obsolete.

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1831p   proof                   6000
1831m   proof                   6000
1834    275     550     1500    2000
1835    225     550     1000    1500
1836    200     400     1250    1600
1836sd  1600    3500    12500   13500
1837    220     475     1250    1500

Victoria

Note that bullion values have a marked effect on the value of half sovereigns, and changes, both up and down, rapidly render the listings below obsolete.

Young Head

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1838    130     190     1000    1500
1839    proof                   6500
1841    140     225     1250    2000
1842    130     200     1000    1500
1843    130     200     1000    1500
1844    130     200     850     1000
1845    300     600     3000    4500
1846    140     180     850     1000
1847    140     180     750     900
1848    140     180     850     1000
1849    140     180     750     900
1850    180     500     2500    3000
1851    140     200     700     850
1852    140     200     700     850
1853    140     200     700     850
1853    proof                   8500
1854    ex rare
1855    140     180     700     850
1856    140     180     700     850
1857    140     180     700     850
1858    140     180     700     850
1859    140     180     700     850
1860    140     180     700     850
1861    140     180     700     850
1862    750     2000    10000
1863    140     180     700     800
1863dn  140     180     800     850
1864    140     180     650     850
1865    140     180     650     850
1866    140     180     650     850
1867    140     180     650     750
1869    140     180     650     850
1870    140     180     650     800
1871    140     180     650     850
1872    140     180     650     850
1873    140     180     650     850
1874    140     180     650     850
1875    140     180     650     850
1876    140     180     650     850
1877    140     180     650     850
1878    140     180     650     850
1879    140     180     850     950
1880dn  140     180     650     850
1880ndn 140     180     750     1000
1883    140     180     600     750
1884    140     180     650     850
1885    140     180     600     850
dn: die number 
(all from 1864 to 1879 have a die number)
nd: no die number
Melbourne Mint

Note that bullion values have a marked effect on the value of half sovereigns, and changes, both up and down, rapidly render the listings below obsolete.

1873M   120     200     1000
1877M   120     250     2000
1881M   120     300     2000
1882M   120     195     600
1884M   120     195     1750
1885M   120     300     3750
1886M   120     250     6000
1887M   120     400     8000    10000
Sydney Mint
1871S   120     180     750
1872S   120     180     750
1875S   120     180     750
1879S   120     180     650
1880S   120     200     850
1881S   120     250     1000
1882S   ex rare
1883S   120     180     900
1886S   120     150     600
1887S   125     200     2000    8000
M: Melbourne
S: Sydney

Jubilee Head

Note that bullion values have a marked effect on the value of half sovereigns, and changes, both up and down, rapidly render the listings below obsolete.

1887    120     130     250     350
1887    proof                   1850
1890    120     130     500     750
1891    120     130     300     475
1892    120     130     300     475
1893    120     130     300     475
Melbourne Mint
1887M   120     130     400     600
1893M   120     130     450     750
Sydney Mint
1887S   120     130     300     500
1889S   120     250     1250
1893S   120     150     1000
M: Melbourne
S: Sydney

Old Head

Note that bullion values have a marked effect on the value of half sovereigns, and changes, both up and down, rapidly render the listings below obsolete.

1893    120     130     185     250
1893    proof                   1200
1894    120     130     185     250
1895    120     130     185     250
1896    120     130     185     250
1897    120     130     185     250
1898    120     130     185     250
1899    120     130     185     250
1900    120     130     185     250
1901    120     130     185     250
Melbourne Mint
1893M   extremely rare
1896M   120     150     450
1899M   120     150     550
1900M   120     150     600
Perth Mint
1899P   unique proof
1900P   120     300     550
Sydney Mint
1893S   120     150     600
1897S   120     150     500
1900S   120     150     400
M: Melbourne
P: Perth
S: Sydney

Edward VII

Note that bullion values have a marked effect on the value of half sovereigns, and changes, both up and down, rapidly render the listings below obsolete. On 23rd November 2017 the minimum value of a half sovereign was about £115.

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1902    120     120     150     200
1902    proof                   500
1903    120     125     175     225
1904    120     125     175     225
1905    120     125     175     225
1906    120     125     175     225
1907    120     125     225     250
1908    120     125     250     250
1909    120     125     275     350
1910    120     125     150     200
Melbourne Mint
1906M   115     150     750     850
1907M   115     120     250     325
1908M   115     120     250     350
1909M   115     120     600     750
Perth Mint
1904P   115     150     1000
1908P   115     150     950
1909P   115     120     500
Sydney Mint
1902S   115     125     200     325
1902S   ex rare proof
1903S   100     120     250     325
1906S   115     125     200     300
1908S   115     120     150     300
1910S   115     120     150     300
M: Melbourne
P: Perth
S: Sydney

George V

Note that bullion values have a marked effect on the value of half sovereigns, and changes, both up and down, rapidly render the listings below obsolete. On 23rd November 2017 the minimum value of a half sovereign was about £115.

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1911    115     120     150     175
1911    proof                   575
1912    115     120     150     175
1913    115     120     150     175
1914    115     120     150     175
1915    115     120     150     175
Melbourne Mint
1915M   115     120     150     175
Perth Mint
1911P   115     120     250     325
1915P   115     120     250     325
1918P   175     500     1750    3000
1919P   rare
1920P   rare
Sydney Mint
1911S   115     120     150     175
1912S   115     120     150     175
1914S   115     120     150     175
1915S   115     120     150     175
1916S   115     120     150     175
Pretoria Mint
1923SA  proof                   1150
1925SA  115     120     150     175
1926SA  115     120     150     175
M: Melbourne
P: Perth
S: Sydney
SA: Pretoria, South Africa

George VI

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1937    proof                   650

Half sovereign values extracted from Coin News November 2017 (1817-1937)


Elizabeth II

Note that bullion values have a marked effect on the value of half sovereigns, and changes, both up and down, rapidly render the listings below obsolete. On 23rd November 2017 the minimum value of a half sovereign was about £115.

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1953    extremely rare
1980    proof                   45
1982                            45
1982    proof                   50
1983    proof                   50
1984    proof                   50
1985    proof                   45
1986    proof                   45
1987    proof                   45
1988    proof                   55
1989    proof                   100
1990    proof                   55
1991    proof                   55
1992    proof                   65
1993    proof                   65
1994    proof                   70
1995    proof                   70
1996    proof                   70
1997    proof                   70
1998    proof                   70
1999    proof                   70
2000                            40
2000    proof                   70
2001                            40
2001    proof                   70
2002                            40
2002    proof                   70
2003                            40
2003    proof                   70
2004                            40
2004    proof                   70
2005n                           45
2005n   proof                   80
2006                            57
2006    proof                   97
2007                            57
2007    proof                   97
2008                            57
2008    proof                   97
2009                            57
2009    proof                   97

Extracted from Coin Yearbook 2007 (1953-date)

The lack of a value for a grade means either that the coin is rarely found in that grade or that it has bullion value only.


Search by reign

Half Guineas

Charles II, James II, William & Mary, William III, Anne, George I, George II, George III

Half Sovereigns

George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, George VI, Elizabeth II


Bullion Value

On 29th September 2016 gold bullion was about $1267 per Troy oz (£977). The half sovereign contains 0.1177 oz of gold, and this gives a bullion value of about £115 or US$149.

Please note that prices given above were valid when gold prices were very different. Current bullion values may be available on my Bullion Value page.


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