Meaning of half sovereign in English:

half sovereign


  • A former British gold coin worth ten shillings (50p).

    ‘As the patrolmen came up, he handed a half-sovereign to Inkerman.’
    • ‘All coins bore the head of Queen Victoria - a gold sovereign, half-sovereign, half-crown, shilling, sixpence and a threepenny piece.’
    • ‘What he will particularly be on the lookout for is good condition ‘higher denomination’ coins, such as half crown, crown, half-sovereign and sovereign, from the Victorian period and earlier.’
    • ‘The Perth Mintmark on sovereigns and half-sovereigns has always appeared in the same position.’
    • ‘In 1871, during the reign of Queen Victoria, gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns began to be minted in Sydney, Australia.’