1947 Half Sovereigns Don't Exist
Every day people ask us for coins which do not exist, including 1947 half sovereigns.
Half sovereigns were not issued in every year, and this is one date for which none were issued.
No full sovereigns were minted in 1947 either, Krugerrands were not introduced until 1967, indeed very few countries issued any gold coins in 1947, however we can suggest some alternatives.
We can often supply Mexican Fifty Pesos, Chile 100 Pesos, or Swiss 20 Francs from stock.
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 1947 half sovereign.
1947 Swiss 20 Francs Vreneli
Currently available from stock.
1947 Mexican 50 Pesos
Alternative World Gold Coins
Denomination - Face value
Diameter = Approximate Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Weight in grams.
Alloy = Fineness of gold.
AGW = Actual fine gold weight in troy ounces.
Cat = Catalogue Value in US Dollars.
Year of the Pig
The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on a 12 year cycle, each year in the cycle is associated with a different animal.
The Perth Mint in Australia produces a series of Chinese Lunar Calendar coins, in gold and silver, starting in 1996.
1947 is the Chinese lunar calendar "year of the pig". If you can't see any 1947 gold coin you like, you may wish to look at our 2007 Year of the Pig page, although they have not been produced yet, until the last quarter of 2006.
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.