1989 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Half Sovereign 500th Anniversary
1989 proof finish Half Sovereign with unique obverse and reverse designs to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the denomination.
Five Hundred Years of Gold Sovereigns
The very first gold Sovereigns were struck in 1489, during the reign of Henry VII: the first King of the Tudor dynasty. These early English sovereigns were much larger than those issued today but their prestigious legacy was reclaimed when a new gold coin was issued in the nineteenth century.
500 years after those Tudor coins were struck, the long history of the Sovereign was celebrated with unique, one-year-only obverse and reverse designs by British artist Bernard Sindall, used across coins in the Sovereign family.
Sindall was inspired by the earliest hammered Sovereigns. Surviving examples feature a complex design, filled with symbols of royalty and imagery associated with the Tudor monarchs, most prominently the instantly recognisable Tudor rose.
A One-Off Portrait of Elizabeth II
500th anniversary Sovereigns, including the 1989 proof Half Sovereign display the image of Elizabeth II, facing forward from King Edward's Coronation Chair and holding the Sovereign's Sceptre and Rod of Equity and Mercy. The 1989 Sovereign was the first time that the Queen was shown seated on her coinage. The inscription that circles the portrait in ornate gothic lettering reads: 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF'.
The reverse this Half Sovereign features a shield of royal arms, ensigned by an open King's Crown, set upon the double Tudor Rose. The legend reads: 'ANNIVERSARY · OF · THE · GOLD · SOVEREIGN · 1489 · 1989'. This is the first and only time that the word ‘Sovereign' has appeared on a British coin though foreign mints sometimes used the word. Ordinarily, Royal Mint Sovereigns do not bear their denomination.
Collectible Proof Half Sovereign
Sovereigns minted in 1989 are among the most sought after by collectors.
This example is one 8,888 proof Half Sovereigns issued in this presentation in 1989.
It's finished to proof standard and comes in its original box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Despite the variant design, this Half Sovereign otherwise conforms to the specifications set down for these coins in 1817: its composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold and has a diameter of 19.30 millimetres.
These are all 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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