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2001 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Half Sovereign

2001 Gold Proof Half Sovereign Boxed
(VAT Exempt)
Gold proof 2001 UK Half Sovereign from a small limited edition presentation of just 4,596 pieces. While these coins take their name from an earlier Tudor denomination, the Half Sovereign as we know it today originated in the early nineteenth century in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars. When they were first issued, Half Sovereigns bore a portrait of King George III and a reverse engraving by an Italian artist named Benedetto Pistrucci. The latter - a depiction of the legend of St George and the dragon - has remained a perennial presence on these coins down the centuries and is used again on this 2001 proof Half Sovereign. Pistrucci’s design shows England’s patron saint on a rearing horse, slaying the cowering dragon with his sword. The artists initials appear next to the date. This historic design is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, the fourth such effigy used on her coinage. Like other Half Sovereigns, this one is composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold meaning the coin has an actual gold weight of 3.66 grams or .1177 troy ounces. Its fine proof finish - achieved with multiple strikes of hand prepared dies - is protected by a clear capsule. The coin comes in its original presentation packaging from The Royal Mint which comprises a red flocked clamshell case inside a card box with gold lettering to the lid. An information booklet doubles as a certificate of authenticity.
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Gold proof Half Sovereign from The Royal Mint, one of just 4,595 issued in 2001.

What Are Gold 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.

Benedetto Pistrucci's Saint George Design

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.

Pistrucci's design is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley's effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that appears on the obverse of this Half Sovereign. Introduced in 1998, this fourth definitive portrait shows a greater degree of realism that its idealised predecessors. Broadley's initials - IRB - appear below the truncation of Elizabeth II's neck.

Investing In A 2001 Proof Half Sovereign

This 2001 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 just 4,596 Half Sovereigns issued by The Royal Mint in 2001.

If you're considering a 2001 gold proof Half Sovereign, you may also want to consider a 'full' 2001 proof Sovereign or our 2001 bullion Half Sovereigns, both of which feature the same designs.

Those coins as well as 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.

How To Sell A 2001 Half Sovereign?

We buy gold gold proof Half Sovereigns for market leading prices. Use our Sell Your Coins page to get a free, no-obligation quote for your gold coins today and find out how you can get cash for your collectibles from home.


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