- a gold coin of the United Kingdom, discontinued in 1917, equal to 10 shillings.
Origin of half sovereign
First recorded in 1495–1505
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Examples from the Web for half sovereign
He also received his dismissal, his half-sovereign, and the order to wait.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
He placed the half-sovereign on the bottle as he passed it to her.
Five sovereigns and a half-sovereign dropped out on the table.Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
Holmes took a half-sovereign from his pocket and played with it pensively.
"There's a half-sovereign for you," my companion said, standing up and taking his hat.