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1979 Half Sovereigns Don't Exist

Every day people ask us for coins which do not exist, including 1979 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.

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.
In 1982, the Royal Mint struck and issued a quantity to supply demand for bullion coins, and then again in 2000. 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 1979 half sovereign.

We are able to suggest a few alternatives. We hope you find this information useful.

1979 Sovereigns
The good news is that full sovereigns were issued in 1979, both in ordinary uncirculated and also proof versions. We have details of these on our Gold Sovereigns website.

Canadian $100 Gold Commemorative
From 1976 onwards, Canada has issued a series of proof gold commemorative one hundred dollar coins, we occasionally have some in stock.

Manx Half Sovereigns or Other Manx Gold Coins
The Isle of Man issued half sovereigns dated 1979, but only 8,000 pieces in the uncirculated version, and 30,000 proofs. You could take a look at our Isle of Man pages.

One ounce Krugerrands were issued in 1979, 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.

Reverse of 1979 Proof Sovereign
Reverse of 1979 Proof Sovereign

Obverse of 1979 Proof Sovereign
Obverse of 1979 Proof Sovereign

Reverse of Uncirculated 1979 Gold Sovereign

Reverse of Uncirculated 1979 Gold Sovereign

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