1917 Gold Coins
This page is part of an ambitious plan to cross-index all the gold coins, and all the pages on our website by type, date, and country. Please bear with us if some index pages are not complete.
Gold Coins of 1917
Half sovereigns were not issued in every year, and this is one date for which none were issued, however we can tell you what alternatives exist.
This is often the next question we get asked. It would be better to ask the Royal Mint, but we can tell you that coins are only produced when they are needed. The last date of half sovereign struck by the Royal Mint for circulation was 1915, although some of the branch mints continued striking them until 1926.
It was not until 1982 that the Royal Mint started to strike and issue half sovereigns again to supply demand for bullion coins. It now seems likely that half sovereigns will continue to be issued yearly.
Proof Half Sovereigns
Since 1980, the Royal Mint has issued half sovereigns in proof grade, for sale to collectors. Proofs are coins which are specially struck with a very high standard of finish. These are only issued in limited quantities, and are more expensive than ordinary bullion or circulation type coins. Obviously this is of no interest if you are looking for a 1917 half sovereign.
The most obvious alternative for a 1917 half sovereign is a 1917 full sovereign.
Few other countries issued gold coins after the First World War, but we will eventually add a list of other 1917 dated gold coins to this page.
We usually have 1917 sovereigns in stock. We have full details on our Gold Sovereigns site, on the George V Sovereigns For Sale page.
Other Dates of Half Sovereign
If you wish to check any other dates of half sovereign, take a look at our Half Sovereigns - Which Dates Exist? page.