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2021 Proof 1/2 Sovereign - Stumbled on a good deal?


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I've been rather fortunate to pick this up for a good price, and started to do some digging afterwards to learn a bit more about it.

From what I can gather so far, from the Chards website:

- Queens Birthday 95 Privy mark (OK but maybe nothing too special).
- Different number of serrations around the edge (94 instead of usual 108 - interesting!).
- Mintage of 1500 for this coin in the presentation box.



Think I'll keep hold of this for a while, anyone else have one? 

I'm new to proof coins, in fact this is my first one as I usually go for bullion but the deal was too good to pass up on. Couple of questions maybe someone knows the answers to:

- Are there other years where the number of serrations were different? (1957 I think has more).
- 1500 Seems a low mintage number, lower than usual?

Just thought I'd share the info 🙂



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17 minutes ago, ant1882 said:

Very useful. Was your method of counting them automated through software? 

It would still be a mammoth task to go through all the variations!

Counting, no, originally by hand and eye, but semi-outomatic, as you can count off 10 serrations, index, then replicate the arc, etc.

Doug, a.k.a.  @SemolinaPilchard has further refined the process to be more efficient, except on some irregular coins.

Eventually, we should work our way through all 200+ different dates, 7 different mintmarks, don't know how many permutations.

Once we have done that, we can start on half sovereigns, etc...



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On 19/10/2022 at 14:05, Sc391 said:

£300 is a good deal.  I paid £315 directly from the mint a couple years ago.  I have a few half sovs from over the years.  Nice affordable way to get involved in gold sovereign collecting.  

It is a good price. I've been looking at other proof sovereigns (and 1/2) and yet to find one as low mintage as this one... 2013, 2016, 2020, and 2022 are quite low mintages.

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