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Half sovereign of Queen Victoria

A detectorist we know as Steve unearthed this gold coin on a site somewhere in Cumbria. He has a 50-50 agreement with the owner of the land on which it was found so he needed a valuation.

Steve’s find is a half sovereign of Queen Victoria. It is dated 1863 on the obverse and has no die number on the reverse so it is an example of number 3859A in the Standard Catalogue. Neither the date nor the type is particularly scarce.     


The coin would grade better than Fine but has several noticeable nicks on the obverse. With the defective obverse it would be worth no more than its bullion value, which would be around £200.

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