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1973 Half Sovereigns Don't Exist

Every day people ask us for coins which do not exist, including 1973 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 1973 either, Krugerrands were not introduced until 1967, indeed very few countries issued any gold coins in 1973, however we can suggest some alternatives.
We can often supply Chile 100 Pesos from stock.

Why Not?
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 1973 half sovereign.

Alternative World Gold Coins
Chile100 Pesos3220.3397.9000.5886$250
Colombia2,000 Pesos2612.9000.9000.3733$200
Colombia1,500 Pesos248.6000.9000.2488$140
Colombia1,000 Pesos204.3000.9000.1244$60
Egypt5 Pounds3642.5000.87501.1957$400
Egypt1 Pound238.5000.87500.2391$150
Ghana2 Pounds2915.9800.91660.4711$250
Haiti1,000 Gourdes3214.5600.90000.4213$300
Haiti500 Gourdes247.2800.90000.2106$125
Haiti200 Gourdes17.52.9100.90000.8420$60
Haiti100 Gourdes141.4500.90000.0419$40
Isle of Man5 Pounds3639.9500.91661.2588$500
Isle of Man2 Pounds2915.9253.91660.4695$200
Isle of ManSovereign227.9881.91660.2355$100
Isle of ManHalf Sovereign193.98131.91660.1173$50
Isle of ManGold 4 Coin Proof & Mint Sets 67.6827.91661.9947$
Israel200 Lirot3227.0000.9000.7813$375
Israel100 Lirot26.513.5000.9000.3906$200
Israel50 Lirot227.0000.90000.2025$150
Nepal1 Rupee27   $300
NepalHalf Rupee    $150
NepalQuarter Rupee    $300
Paraguay4500 Guaranies4031.9000.90000.9231$500
Paraguay3000 Guaranies3321.3000.90000.6164$350
Paraguay1500 Guaranies 10.7000.90000.3096$175
South AfricaOne Ounce Krugerrand32.733.93.91661.00Bullion
South Africa2 Rand22.057.9881.91660.2354$95
South Africa1 Rand19.303.9940.91660.1177$50

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.
Bullion = Bullion Value plus a small percentage premium.

Year of the Ox
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. We do occasionally manage to buy some of the older years, although they do tend to be quite hard to source.
1973 is the Chinese lunar calendar "year of the ox". If you can't see any 1973 gold coin you like, you may wish to look at our 1997 Year of the Ox 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.

Obverse of 1973 Isle of Man Sovereign
Obverse of 1973 Isle of Man Sovereign

Reverse of 1973 Isle of Man Gold Sovereign

Reverse of 1973 Isle of Man Gold Sovereign

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