1974 Half Sovereigns Don't Exist
Every day people ask us for coins which do not exist, including 1974 half sovereigns.
Half sovereigns were not issued in every year, and this is one date for which none were issued.
We can often supply Chile 100 Pesos 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 1974 half sovereign.
We are able to suggest a few alternatives. We hope you find this information useful.
The good news is that full sovereigns were issued in 1974, in an ordinary uncirculated version. We have details of these on our Gold Sovereigns website.
Manx Half Sovereigns or Other Manx Gold Coins
The Isle of Man issued half sovereigns dated 1974, but only 6,566 pieces in the uncirculated version, and 2,500 proofs. You could take a look at our Isle of Man pages.
One ounce Krugerrands were issued in 1974, so we may have them available. Take a look at our Krugerrands For Sale page, or better still at our Krugerrands by Date page.
The fractional sizes of Krugerrand, half ounce, quarter ounce and tenth ounce were not introduced until 1980.
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.