Half Gold Sovereign Jubilee Head Shield Back


These half sovereign features a Shield on the reverse, rather than the traditional George and the Dragon design. You can now select them by year and mint.

Obverse. The bust of the Queen facing left wearing a small crown, veiled and with ribbon and Star of the Garter and the Victoria and Albert Order. Boehm’s initials J.E.B. are shown in relief at the bottom rear of the bust.


Reverse. The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield and surmounted by an imperial crown.


The date is shown below the shield. The coin is struck with medal die axis T1.

Edge : Milled

Weight : 3.99 grams

Purity : 22 cart (91.6% Fineness)


A Commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Reign

The Jubilee Head Half Sovereign is a tribute to the 50-year reign of Queen Victoria. Struck from 1887 to 1893, the Golden Jubilee half-sovereigns replaced the previous Wyon effigy with a new portrait crafted by the Royal Academician, Joseph Edgar Boehm. This unique coin celebrates Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne in a truly distinctive way.

Exceptional Craftsmanship by J.E. Boehm

Born in Vienna in 1834, Boehm moved to England in 1862 and quickly established a reputation for his medal engraving and gem work. In 1881, he was appointed as ‘Sculptor in Ordinary’ to Queen Victoria and, in 1889, he was granted a Baronetcy. The bust of the Queen on the obverse of this coin was personally approved by Victoria herself and is just one example of his impressive body of work.

A Rare Collectible with a Unique Design

This half-sovereign deviates from the traditional ‘George and the Dragon’ design, instead featuring the Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield on the reverse, surmounted by an imperial crown. Struck at the Royal Mint in London, and in Melbourne and Sydney, this coin adds a fascinating touch to any collection.

Please note, the Jubilee Head Half Sovereign is a rare collectible piece, with only 841,200 coins minted in the first year of production, 1887. This half sovereign is a part of numismatic history and a must-have for enthusiasts and collectors.

Bring home this historic memento of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and add a touch of royal grandeur to your collection.

Each Jubilee Head Half Sovereign arrives encased in a UV-protected capsule to shield it from damage and preserve its exceptional detail. Additionally, we offer a complimentary luxury box that enhances the grandeur of your collection while ensuring secure storage. This elegant, accessible storage solution elevates your numismatic experience, transforming your purchase into a premium collector’s package that adds significant value to your collection. Own a piece of history and indulge in the luxury that accompanies it.

Each coin in this collection is in circulated condition. We assure you of the authenticity and purity of these gold coins. Each piece has been thoroughly tested using an XRF gun for elemental analysis, non-invasive electrical conductivity tests for authenticity, and high precision weighing scales for weight verification. This rigorous checking process ensures that you are receiving a genuine product that meets the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship.

Additional information

Weight N/A

1887, 1891, 1892, 1893

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