1914S King George V Half Sovereign EF/About Uncirculated

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1914S King George V Half Sovereign EF/About Uncirculated

$450.00
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  • Struck in the year that WWI began!
  • Extremely scarce, with most of its meagre mintage lost to profiteers!
  • Seldom seen in premium EF-aUnc, as here!
  • Features the splendid 'St George and the Dragon' reverse design.
  • Housed in a luxurious presentation case.

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For many Australians, 1914 was a significant year for one reason: the declaration of WWI. Countless lives would change drastically as the nation rose to the occasion, sending over 8% of its young population into a perilous Baptism of Fire. Struck in that very same year at the Sydney Mint, the scarce 1914S Gold Half Sovereign forms a poignant, lasting keepsake of the beginning of 'the war to end all wars' - and is a delight to behold in stunning Extremely Fine to about Uncirculated.



The victim of the melting pot

The 1914S Half Sovereign's mintage of just 322,000 was modest, even by predecimal standards, but its precious metal content became something of an Achilles heel. Profiteers readily snapped up left-over sovereigns and half-sovereigns once they stopped being produced; struck from shimmering 22-carat gold, they were the ideal target. This widespread practice makes issues like the 1914S Half Sovereign scarce today, and seldom found in premium grade.



Rarely seen in EF-aUNC!

With such a small mintage, this predecimal gem is hard to find in any grade, but all the more scarce in premium condition. As with all lower denominations, its lower purchasing power meant that it was more widely circulated than its sovereign counterpart - making it rarely seen in the splendid Extremely Fine to about Uncirculated condition it is in here.



Exceptional designs on both the obverse and reverse

There are iconic coin designs, and then there's numismatic canon - and Benedetto Pistrucci's 'St. George and the Dragon' design is the latter. An impressive sight on sovereigns and half sovereigns since its creation in 1817, this brilliant motif was designed for the Royal Mint and quickly cemented itself into the hearts of the public. Featured upon the 1914S Half Sovereign's 19.30mm reverse, it's an aesthetic triumph only matched by the obverse's splendid King George V effigy, from Melbourne-born sculptor Sir Edgar MacKennal.



Marks the year that WWI changed everything

The first shot to be fired during WWI wasn't at the Western Front, but at Fort Nepean, Victoria, on the 5th of August, 1914. For this reason, the Australian 1914S Half Sovereign - from the Sydney Mint - is a truly fitting WWI keepsake. From the push to enlist to the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign and the atrocities of the Western Front, the years that would follow would plunge Australia into uncertainty. From a young population of not even 5 million, over 400,000 enlisted. The servicemen and women of the Lucky Country would go on to forge a reputation founded on strength of character, bravery and camaraderie. But Australia would never be the same.



Prestigious presentation

The 1914S Half Sovereign appears all the more lustrous when housed neatly against the plush interior of its stylish, black presentation case. This sensational half sovereign issue is an essential acquisition for the discerning predecimal collector. With very limited numbers available, you must act quickly to avoid missing out.

More Information
Country of IssueAustralia
Year of Issue1914
DenominationHalf Sovereign
Weight (g)3.9940
Mintage 322,000
MetalGold
Metal Purity (%)91.67
Diameter (mm)19.30
Issued BySydney Mint
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