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2001 Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Half Sovereign

2001 Half Sovereign
(VAT Exempt)
The Royal Mint issued 94,763 uncirculated gold Half Sovereigns in the year 2001: invest in yours today. These gold coins are VAT free thanks to their precious metal content as well as being Capital Gains Tax exempt as UK legal tender. Each is composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat (916.7) gold and has a diameter of 19.30 millimetres. The obverse of 2001 Half Sovereigns show Ian Rank-Bradley’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. The artists initials appear below and the legend around reads ‘ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF’. This fourth definitive effigy was used on British coinage between 1998 and 2015. It’s paired with a much older numismatic design, crafted for the first modern Half Sovereigns. These were issued in 1817 with a now instantly recognisable image of England’s patron saint, St George, in the act of slaying a dragon from horseback. It’s the work of an Italian artist named Benedetto Pistrucci. The date - 2001 - appears below. Our individual bullion Half Sovereigns are all graded about Extremely Fine (aEF) or better. You might find minor bag marks on these uncirculated pieces but nothing that will impact their weight or appearance. We’ll supply your coin in a protective slip and package it securely and discretely for delivery.
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Uncirculated bullion Half Sovereign for 2001: VAT and Capital Gains Tax free.

Modern Gold Half Sovereigns

The first Half Sovereigns bore the name of Tudor king, Henry VIII. The legacy of these English gold coins lives on in the British Half Sovereign, introduced in 1817, late in the reign of George III. These Georgian Half Sovereigns established specifications for the Half Sovereign that are still followed today.

Each of these coins are composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold. That equates to .1176 troy ounces - exactly half the fine gold weight of a 'full' Sovereign. They have a diameter of 19.30 millimetres and a face value - technically - of 50p though they do not show their value on their face and their worth is much higher thanks to their gold content.

Half Sovereigns once circulated across the globe, a symbol of the British Empire, trusted to contain a known quantity of gold. Regular production ended in 1926 with only special coronation issues struck until The Royal Mint began offering a limited number of Half Sovereigns again in 1980.

94,763 gold Half Sovereigns were issued in 2001.

What Do 2001 Half Sovereign Look Like?

2001 Half Sovereigns feature a reverse design that is closely tied to the story of these historic gold coins.

Crafted by Italian artist, Benedetto Pistrucci, for the first modern Sovereigns, the image of Saint George on horseback, finishing off a cowed dragon, has been a perennial presence on British coinage ever since. Pistrucci's initials – BP – appear below the horses' hooves in this dynamic image of England's patron saint. The date is shown in exergue.

That design is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley's effigy of Elizabeth II: the fourth official portrait of Her Majesty used on her coinage. This appears to the obverse along with the legend 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF'.

Why Should I Buy 2001 Half Sovereigns?

Our expects will carefully select your 2001 Half Sovereign from our best stock. Each example is graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or above. Extremely Fine coins carry very limited signs of wear and as such make a great choice when buying Half Sovereigns for gifts.

We'll supply your gold coin in a protective slip and carefully package it for delivery to your address.

If you're interested in this 2001 coin you might also like our 'full' bullion and proof 2001 Sovereigns or our best value, mixed date Half Sovereigns. All of these are VAT and Capital Gains Tax exempt.

How To Sell Your 2001 Half Sovereign

Do you have a 2001 Half Sovereign that you want to sell? We buy these gold coins and much more at our shop in Royal Wootton Bassett and through the post. Visit our Sell Your Coins page for more information and contact us for a quick quote.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get a valuation for your 2001 Half Sovereign today by visiting our Sell Your Coins page. These bullion coins have a pure gold content of 3.66 grams or 0.1177 troy ounces and their value depends on the current gold price. Contact us for an up to date price for your coin.

In 2001 The Royal Mint issued 94,763 uncirculated gold Half Sovereigns. That’s in contrast to the 4,569 proof Half Sovereigns that were released individually in 2001. Bullion Half Sovereigns are VAT and Capital Gains Tax free and sought after by investors.


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