Victoria Old Head Half Sovereign
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Victoria Old Head Half Sovereign gold coin
All our pre-owned coins undergo strict quality checks by our team of experts to ensure their condition is excellent. The coins are issued without expensive presentation boxes to maximize the amount of gold for your money.
The obverse of the Victoria Old Head Half Sovereign features a mature Queen Victoria wearing a head veil, while the reverse displays the classic St.George and Dragon design by Benedetto Pistucci.
The coins will date between 1893-1901.
The picture illustrates the type of coin you’ll receive, not the exact item.
History and Mintage
The Victorian Half Sovereign was minted most years between 1838 and 1901 and therefore features all three Victoria portraits – The Young Head (up to 1887), the Jubilee Head (1887 – 1893) and finally the Old Head from 1893 to 1901. However we rarely see Victoria Young Head Half Sovereigns and premiums tend to reflect their scarcity when we do, so our coins will always feature the latter two portraits which strike a better balance between price and history. In this way, the coins appeal both as an investment and as a collector’s coin, increasing its demand. While a majority of Victorian Half Sovereigns we offer feature the standard St.George and Dragon on the reverse, some of the coins we get display the sought-after Shield back. Mintage was mostly from London, although occasional coins were produced in Australian Mints as part of the Empire.
The coins represent an era where Britain’s presence on the world stage was growing at a rapid rate with the expanding British Empire, scientific pioneering, industrial growth and technological advancements. Up until recently, Victoria held the accolade of being longest-serving British monarch in history, and only Queen Elizabeth has now passed this record. For Britain, it was a time of huge evolution, both with infrastructure projects like the London Underground, bridges and roads, and also social and morality issues. The UK closed its class gap, improved literacy rates dramatically and began eradicating poverty.
Our Expert Opinion
The Victoria Half Sovereign is one of the older coins we offer and its value reflects that. A very established coin with tremendous liquidity due to its desirability. Their diminutive size provides a great deal of versatility for the investor and also enables the more modest buyer to afford a number of coins. The Victoria Half Sovereign is perfect when combined with other tax-free gold coins from other periods such as the Edward Half Sovereign and the George V Gold Sovereign.
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Delivery is in non-branded tamper proof packaging by Royal Mail Special Delivery and is fully insured. Delivery usually takes place before 1pm on the day following despatch, but some areas may run over this timeframe.
Maximum value per parcel is £50,000, so larger orders will be sent in multiple installments.
When placing your order, the delivery address needs to match the registered address of the buyer.
You’ll receive a despatch email with a tracking link once the goods are sent so you can see the status of the delivery and location of the parcel.
In the event that no-one is in to receive the delivery, you’ll be left a red card confirming attempted delivery, with confirmation on the Royal Mail tracking page. You then have the choice of arranging redelivery or picking up the parcel from your nearest sorting office.
For more details please see section 4 of our Terms & Conditions and our Delivery & Storage page.
If you request storage for your order, your goods will be sent free of charge to the storage vaults.
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Storage fees are 1%+VAT/year for gold and 1.5%+VAT/year for silver, subject to minimum charges.
Please see further details of storage fees and minimum charges on our Storage & Delivery page.
Storage is charged at point of purchase by selecting ‘Buy with Storage’ to the next semi-annual pay date. Semi-annual storage dates are 15 March and 15 September each year and are subject to minimum charges for the period.
A recurring storage fee will be taken from your card at each semi-annual storage date.
You can opt to have your goods delivered at any time, subject to delivery charges of £25 +0.25% of the metal value.