Very fine | UNITED KINGDOM. Victoria, 1837-1901.
Gold half-sovereign, 1893. London. Jubilee head.
In 1893 the Veiled head was introduced and the great majority of the 4.4 million output was of this type. Until recently it has not been completely clear how dramatic the split between the Jubilee and Veiled heads were. The Royal Mint annual report details that only 186,218 Jubilee head half sovereign were struck in 1893. These are presumed to all be without JEB and with the lower shield as no other variations have surfaced.
Crowned and veiled Jubilee bust facing left; no JEB on truncation; inscription: VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRIT: REGINA F: D:. / Lower, crowned and embellished shield-of-arms; date in exergue; BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:.
Reference: Marsh-482; S-3869D; DISH-L518
Diameter: 19.3 mm.
Weight: 3.99 g. (AGW=0.1176 oz.)
Composition: 917.0/1000 Gold.
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