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1987 Gold Proof Half Sovereign Coin

1987 Gold Proof Half Sovereign Coin Boxed
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22-carat gold proof 1987 Half Sovereign from The Royal Mint. These highly collectable UK coins were first issued at the same time as the first modern 'full' Sovereigns. Half Sovereigns contain exactly half the amount of gold as their larger counterparts but often feature the same designs. This 1987 edition features Raphael Maklouf's portrait of Her Majesty The Queen. Introduced in 1985, Maklouf's effigy shows Elizabeth II wearing the George IV State Diadem. The reverse shows the instantly-recognisable image of England's patron saint, St George, depicted in the act of slaying a fearsome dragon from his position on a rearing horse. It's a classic coinage motif, used perennially on Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns since 1817. In 1987 the UK's national mint struck just 8,187 proof Half Sovereigns for distribution worldwide. Our pre-owned 1987 Half Sovereigns come in their original box of issue with the 3.99 gram crown gold coin encased in a screw-top capsule which protects the fine proof finish. Proof coins are intended for collectors and feature a high-contrast appearance with mirrored surfaces and frosted devices. A key addition to any Half Sovereign collection.
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Obverse

Right-facing portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Raphael Maklouf, showing wearing a necklace, earrings and the Diamond Diadem. Legend around reads: 'ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D ·'.

Reverse

The figure of Saint George wearing a flowing cloak and a classical helmet, wielding a sword from a rearing horse. A winged dragon is seen beneath his steed's hooves. Date below: 1987. 'B. P.' Initials to right for artist, Benedetto Pistrucci.

Specification

UK proof coin, struck in 3.99 grams of 22-carat (91.67%) gold. Actual gold weight: 3.66 grams / 0.1177 troy ounces. Diameter: 19.30 millimetres.

Presentation

Premium pre-owned coin from The Royal Mint offered in the original blue leather box of issue with gold lettering to the lid. Coin presented in screw-top capsule. A numbered certificate of authenticity is enclosed. Issued: 8.187, not including coins in sets.

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