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1984 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Half Sovereign

1984 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Half Sovereign Boxed

Buy a 1984 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Half Sovereign

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Limited edition 1984 proof Half Sovereign in original box with numbered certificate of authenticity. Half Sovereigns were introduced in 1817, alongside the modern full Sovereign, in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars. They’re still minted to a specification established at that time. Each Half Sovereign is composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold (that’s .1176 troy oz of pure gold) with a 19.30 millimetre diameter. This 1996 Sovereign is no different except in that it is struck to proof standard. Designed for collectors, proof coins have a higher level of detail and shine compared to their bullion counterparts thanks to multiple strikes of hand-finished dies. This 1984 Half Sovereign features Arnold Machin’s second definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. This would be replaced in 1985 with a new effigy by Raphael Maklouf. The reverse shows the instantly-recognisable image of Saint George, mounted on horseback in the act of slaying a dragon. It’s the work of Italian artist, Benedetto Pistrucci and has become intrinsically linked with these prestigious gold coins. Only 12,410 gold proof Half Sovereigns were offered by The Royal Mint in this year, significantly fewer than in 1983.
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Half Sovereign History

The first Half Sovereigns were minted by the Tudor monarchs. Later, the name was revived for a new gold coin, introduced in 1817 following a major overhaul of British coinage. They were minted for more than a century, only falling out of production and circulation after the First World War.

Half Sovereigns are composed of 3.994 grams of 22 carat gold. They have a diameter of 19.30 and contain .1176 troy ounces of pure gold. Nominally, Half Sovereigns have a value of half a Pound sterling though their precious metal content means they are worth significantly more.

Proof Half Sovereigns began to be minted regularly in the 1980s, joining full Sovereigns as part of the The Royal Mint's most prestigious annual issue. These coins are available in sets and individually, minted in smaller numbers than larger Sovereigns which makes them particularly collectible.

Pistrucci's St George

For much of its history the modern Half Sovereign has featured an iconic reverse design, crafted by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. His instantly-recognisable Saint George and the Dragon design shows England's patron saint mounted on a horse, slaying a dragon underfoot.

It's a powerful image that has become synonymous with the gold Sovereign and Half Sovereign. These coins don't carry their denomination on their face as part of their legend like most currency, so the Saint George motif is an easy identifier for many collectors. The coin's date appears below the dragon.

Gold proof Half Sovereigns issued in 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1984 all feature Arnold Machin’s youthful effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The second definitive coinage portrait of the Queen was used on British money from 1968, replaced in 1985 with a new profile by Raphael Maklouf.

Gold Proof Sovereign

This 1984 Half Sovereign is struck to proof standard. Intended for collectors, proof coins have crisp details and high contrast between fields and design, an effect achieved with multiple strikes of specially prepared dies.

This is one of 12,410 Half Sovereigns issued in this presentation in 1984.

If you're considering a 1984 gold proof Half Sovereign, you may also want to consider a 'full' 1984 proof Sovereign or our mixed year, best value bullion Half Sovereigns.

These and this Half Sovereign are exempt from Capital Gains Tax as UK legal tender and free from VAT in the UK and EU as investment grade gold.


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