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1982 Elizabeth II Gold Half Sovereign

1982 Elizabeth II Gold Half Sovereign Reverse
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Half Sovereigns once circulated as widely as their larger cousin - the ‘full’ Sovereign. Although The Royal Mint began issuing new gold Sovereigns in the 1950s, they did not reintroduce the Half Sovereign until 1980. Two types of 1982 Half Sovereigns are available: proof and uncirculated. You won’t find uncirculated Half Sovereigns available for the rest of the 1980s and 1990s so this is an interesting outlier and an important addition to any modern Sovereign collection. The obverse shows Arnold Machin’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. In use on British currency from 1968 to 1984, this uncoupled portrait only featured on one uncirculated Half Sovereign: this one! The reverse shows the classic and instantly recognisable image of St George and the Dragon, crafted for the first modern Sovereigns by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. This image of England’s patron saint is intimately tied to the history of these coins. The same specifications are used for these coins as laid down in 1817: they’re composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold with a diameter of 19.30 millimetres. Half Sovereigns are VAT free thanks to their precious metal content and are Capital Gains Tax exempt as British legal tender. We’ll supply your bullion Half Sovereign in a protective slip and carefully package it for shipping which is free to UK address.
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A fascinating 1982 UK gold Half Sovereign from The Royal Mint.

What Is The First Elizabeth II Half Sovereign?

The earliest Half Sovereigns were struck during the reign of Tudor king, Henry VII. These large hammered coins didn't circulate much but their successors, the first modern Half Sovereigns, certainly did. From their introduction in 1817, the Half Sovereign has had the same specification, containing 3.99 grams of 22 carat (916.7) gold and showing a diameter of 19.30 millimetres.

Through the Victorian age, Half Sovereigns were minted annually but circulation tailed off in the early twentieth century. The tradition was revived in 1980 when the Royal Mint issued the first modern proof Half Sovereign. An uncirculated Half Sovereign followed in 1982 but the tradition of striking these fractional Sovereigns for the investment market would not pick up again until 2000, making this issue an outlier among Elizabeth II Half Sovereigns.

Arnold Machin's Royal Portrait

The obverse of the 1982 Half Sovereign shows the second definitive coinage effigy of Her Majesty the Queen, as used on her British money. It’s the work of Arnold Machin and can been seen on change dated 1968 to 1984. There aren't many Half Sovereigns featuring the portrait though, indeed this is the only Half Sovereign issued as uncirculated to show the uncoupled, youthful profile.

This gold Half Sovereign is one of very few to feature Arnold Machin's portrait of Elizabeth II.

Machin's portrait is paired with a much older engraving to the reverse, dating back to 1817 when the first Half Sovereigns were issued. It was designed by Benedetto Pistrucci and shows England's patron saint, St George, in the act of slaying a dragon which cowers under his rearing horses hooves. The date - 1982 - appears below.

Investing In 1982 Gold Half Sovereigns

This 1982 Half Sovereign comes in uncirculated condition. Our individual date Half Sovereigns are all graded about Extremely Fine (aEF) or above. They might show minor bag marks but nothing that would impact the weight or detract from the design.

Like all our gold coins, this one is carefully authenticated by our team to ensure its the genuine article using XRF technology and our decades of experience.

You'll receive this coin in a protective slip and we'll carefully package that for shipping which is free in the UK.

You might also be interested in our best value, mixed year Half Sovereigns at our lowest price over spot. Like those, this 1982 gold Half Sovereign benefits from being VAT and Capital Gains Tax exempt.

How To Sell A 1982 Half Sovereign

Want cash for your 1982 gold Half Sovereign? We can pay you fast for your gold, silver and base metal coins either in person at our gold counter in Wiltshire or via bank transfer. Visit our Sell Your Coins page for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

At The Britannia Coin Company we buy 1982 Half Sovereigns for industry leading prices. Visit our selling guide to get an up to date valuation. These 1982 coins are composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold: that's 3.66 grams of pure gold or 0.1177 troy ounces.

We don't know exactly how many uncirculated Half Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in 1982 though some 19,090 were issued with a proof finish. Bullion Half Sovereigns would not be struck again regularly until 2000, making this an interesting outlier.

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