George V Half Sovereigns

King George V reign lasted from 1910 until 1936 when he died from the flu.
through-out his reign he saw the outbreak of World War 1 and became the Emperor
of India. WW1 was a incredibly hard time for the royal family as they had many
German relatives. To indicate his disapproval of the war and to show full
support to the British people he changed the family name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
to Windsor. Due to Queen Elizabeth II. present and very long reign King George V
was the last kings portrait depicted on a sovereign.

During the reign of George V the sovereigns produced have two different heads
or portraits. The first of which commonly known as the large head appeared
between 1911-1928. The second portrait commonly known as the small head appeared
between 1928-1932. On the reverse side both full and half sovereigns and both
the larger and small head show St George and the Dragon.

The portrait on the first coins is indeed slightly larger than the smaller
head on the second circulation. On close inspection you will notice that ear is
also not as well defined but in contrast the moustache and hair are slightly
more defined on the smaller head. The more obvious difference to the smaller
head however is the wider boarder and a second circular beading. Other
differences are in the positioning of the initials B.M. which  are slightly
further over to the right of the neck.

George V half sovereigns were not minted in 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, and
1924. The 1923 was minted only as a proof coin.

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