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1995 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Half Sovereign

1995 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Half Sovereign Boxed
£275.00
(VAT Exempt)
1995 proof Half Sovereign: one of just 4,900 issued. 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 1995 Sovereign is no different except in that it is struck to proof standard. Design 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 1995 proof Half Sovereign features Raphael Maklouf’s portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II which had been in use on British money for a decade by the time that this coin was minted. The reverse shows the classic 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. This one comes in it is original presentation box from The Royal Mint with its original numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Limited edition gold proof 1995 Half Sovereign in its original presentation packaging.

History of Half Sovereigns

 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.

Saint George and the Dragon

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.

Between 1985 and 1997, British money, including Half Sovereigns featured a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by renown sculptor Raphael Maklouf to the obverse. His effigy shows the Queen wearing the George IV State Diadem. Maklouf's initials can be seen on the truncation of her neck.

A Collectible Gold Coin

Just 4,900 of these gold proof Half Sovereigns were issued in 1995.

Your 1995 proof Half Sovereign comes in its box from The Royal Mint. It's made of blue leather and the coin is presented in its original capsule. Also included: a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Looking into buying a proof Half Sovereign from 1995? There's a few alternate options to consider:

All Half Sovereigns, including those struck in 2003, 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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