Gold Half Sovereign Coins date back to 1544. These coins came and went for a while and returned for a while in the 1800s and early 1900s. From 1980 to the present they have continued to be super popular among investors and collectors all over the world. The Royal Mint has a rich history of producing some of the finest coins in the world. They also have been doing it for over a thousand years. Investors all over the world look to the Royal Mint for beautiful quality gold coins. These Great Britain Gold Half Sovereign Coins are examples of this tradition.
- Most coins are from the Royal Mint
- Coins available are mixed (depending on stock on hand)
- Years and condition are random which means you may get any year from 1980 to more recent dates coin (depending on stock on hand)
- Actual gold weight is .1177 oz
Great Britain was one of the first countries to produce gold coins and these were used all over the world as the British Empire expanded. The last gold half-sovereign coin of these early days was minted in 1604. They were called ‘sovereign coins’ because they had the image of the sovereign leader of the British Empire at that time.
Half sovereign coins returned in 1817 by legislation, the Great Recoinage Act of 1816. Thus began a 100-year run where these coins were minted every year. This run ended in 1917. 1980 saw the return of these coins into annual production and they are still made today.
On the reverse of these sovereign coins is the image of St. George on horseback going to battle a dragon. This design was created by Benedetto Pistrucci in 1817. Also on this side is the year of the issue.
Each sovereign coin has the image of the ‘sovereign’, the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom on the obverse side of the coin. Past rulers include King Edward VII, King George V, and Queen Victoria. All coins since 1957 have the image of Queen Elizabeth. Since then, there have been three versions of her right-profile portrait.
The Great Britain Gold Half Sovereign Coin is a must-buy for any collector or investor. This coin has the classic design and the gold you need in your collection. Get yours today.