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1983 Gold Proof Half Sovereign Queen Elizabeth II Coin

1983 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Half Sovereign Boxed

Buy a 1983 Gold Proof Half Sovereign Queen Elizabeth II Coin

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Gold proof Half Sovereign dated 1983 in it is original presentation box with a certificate of authenticity enclosed. 1983 gold Sovereigns featured Arnold Machin’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to the obverse. Used between 1968 and the mid-1980s, its a youthful draped portrait of Elizabeth II who is shown wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. This is paired with a much older reverse design. The work of Italian artist, Benedetto Pistrucci, it shows England’s patron saint, St George, in the act of slaying a cowering dragon from his position on a rearing horse. The artists initials appear below the dragon in this engraving that was crafted for the first modern Half Sovereigns, issued in 1817 in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. Since then, these fractional gold Sovereigns have maintained the same specifications. They are composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold and have a diameter of 19.30 millimetres. The difference with this edition is its fine proof finish. Intended for collectors, proof coins are struck multiple times with hand-prepared dies for a polished, high-definition appearance. The finish is protected by the coins original Royal Mint capsule and case. Some 19,710 of these were issued in 1983, including those offered in sets. This individual 1983 Half Sovereign makes a great addition to any collection of UK proof coins.
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Gold proof Half Sovereign from The Royal Mint, dated 1983 in original box.

History Of The Half Sovereign

The first Sovereigns date back to the time of the fifteenth century and the reigns of the Tudor monarchs. Their prestigious name was revived in 1817 for a new gold coin, introduced following a major overhaul of British coinage. Full Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns remained in circulation until the First World War and thereafter gained a reputation as a sought-after bullion coin: trusted to contain a known quantity of gold.

The Royal Mint did not start minting new Half Sovereigns for decades, striking their first proof Half Sovereign in 1980. When they did they utilised the specification set down in the time of George IV: 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold and a diameter of 19.30 millimetres, jump starting an old tradition for a new audience.

Arnold Machin's Royal Portrait

Like most gold Half Sovereigns struck in the last century, this 1983 edition features an instantly recognisable image of Saint George to the reverse. This classic engraving, showing England's patron saint in the act of slaying a dragon, dates back to 1817 and is the work of Italian artist, Benedetto Pistrucci.

Half Sovereigns don't carry a mention of their value - £1 / One Pound - on their face so the sight of St George is an easy identifier for many collectors as this design has become synonymous with these gold coins.

The 1983 proof Half Sovereign is one of just four to feature Arnold Machin's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen on its obverse. It's a youthful effigy which shows Elizabeth II wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. It was replaced in 1985 with a new profile by Raphael Maklouf.

Original Box and Certificate

This proof Half Sovereign comes in it is original presentation packaging from The Royal Mint. This consists of a clear capsule and a velvet lined blue leather box with gold lettering to the exterior. There's a certificate of authenticity enclosed but these weren't numbered at this time.

Reportedly, 19,710 proof Half Sovereigns were issued in 1983, including those in sets.

If you're thinking about buying a 1983 Half Sovereign you might also be interested in our best value, mixed year Half Sovereigns. Like this proof edition they are VAT and Capital Gains Tax exempt.


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