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2000 Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Half Sovereign

2000 Half Sovereign

Buy a 2000 Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Half Sovereign

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Issued in the year 2000, this Half Sovereign is among the first Elizabeth II uncirculated fractional Sovereigns issued by The Royal Mint. The obverse shows Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, introduced to British coinage in 1998, replacing Raphael Maklouf’s effigy. The Rank-Broadley profile shows Elizabeth II wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara that once belonged to Queen Mary. The royal obverse is paired with a historic reverse showing England’s patron saint in the act of slaying a dragon. Benedetto Pistrucci’s Saint George is mounted on horseback and has become closely associated with these coins. It was designed in 1817 for the first Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns and has seen extensive use on these gold coins. The date appears below the dragon. The specifications of these Half Sovereigns were also established in 1817: 3.99 grams of 22 carat (916.7) gold and a diameter of 19.30 millimetres. Their precious metal content means that Half Sovereigns are VAT free and their face value (technically £1 / One Pound) gives them the benefit of a Capital Gains Tax exemption in the UK. Our 2000 gold Half Sovereigns are all graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or better and come in a protective slip.
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Struck in the millenium year, our highly graded 2000 gold Half Sovereigns are a great way of investing in gold.

What Are Gold Half Sovereigns?

Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns were first minted during the reign of Tudor king, Henry VII. In the early nineteenth century, the legacy of these prestigious coins was revived for a new gold issue, struck in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars.

The Half Sovereigns issued in 1817 established specifications followed to this day. These coins would be made of 3.99 grams of 22 carat (916.7 fine) gold.

Half Sovereigns were struck through the Victorian period and into the early decades of the twentieth century when they fell out of circulation. The tradition of annual issues was only restarted in the 1980s with a proof series. Regular uncirculated annual issues commenced in 2000 making this among the first Elizabeth II Half Sovereigns available.

What Portrait Features 2000 Sovereigns?

Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen features on the obverse of the 2000 Half Sovereign. Introduced in 1998 this same definitive effigy would be used on British coinage until 2015. The legend reads 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF'. The artists initials appear below the portrait.

The 2000 Half Sovereign is the first uncirculated fractional Sovereign to show Rank-Broadley's portrait.

The reverse is one instantly recognisable to Sovereign collectors. Benedetto Pistrucci's Saint George is caught in the act of slaying a cowering dragon from his rearing horse. Half Sovereigns don't feature any mention of their face value in the design so this image of England's patron saint is an easier identifier. The date - 2000 - appears below the expiring dragon.

Investing In British Half Sovereigns

We carefully authenticate all our gold Half Sovereigns using XRF technology and our decades of expertise. You're guaranteed a genuine Royal Mint Half Sovereign that’s graded about Extremely Fine or above. You might find minor scratches or bag marks on these coins but nothing that will impact the precious metal content or design.

146,822 uncirculated gold Half Sovereigns were issued in 2000.

We ship these coins free to UK addresses inside a protective slip in discrete packaging.

Like our mixed year, best value Half Sovereigns, these 2000 gold coins are VAT free as investment grade gold and exempt from Capital Gains Tax as UK legal tender. You might also be interested in our 2000 bullion and proof 'full' Sovereigns.

Sell Your 2000 Gold Half Sovereigns

Got a 2000 Half Sovereign to sell? We'll buy it and any other gold, silver or base metal coins for cash. Visit our shop in Royal Wootton Bassett or view our Sell Your Coins page to get a quote from home.

Frequently Asked Questions

The value of 2000 bullion Half Sovereigns depends on the current gold price. Each Half Sovereign contains 3.66 grams of pure gold: that’s 0.1177 troy ounces. We buy 2000 Half Sovereigns for market leading prices: visit our sales page to get your valuation.

In the year 2000 The Royal Mint issued 146,822 bullion Half Sovereigns. This was the first year that the Mint had offered these coins in an uncirculated finish for investors, beginning a tradition of annual issues that continues to this day.


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