2002 Elizabeth II Gold Half Sovereign Golden Jubilee
Gold 2002 Half Sovereigns, featuring a one-year-only reverse with a shield of royal arms.
The Half Sovereign
The first Half Sovereigns were struck during the reign of Tudor king Henry VIII. Centuries later, a new gold coin bearing this name was introduced, following a major overhaul of British coinage. This Half Sovereign, first minted in 1817, established the specifications that are still strictly followed today.
All Half Sovereigns weigh 3.994 grams and are composed of 22 carat gold. That equates to a gold weight of .1176 troy ounces: exactly half that of 'full' Sovereigns. Half Sovereigns have a nominal face value of half a pound sterling but their gold content gives them a value well in excess of this.
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.
Golden Jubilee Reverse
Most Half Sovereigns feature an instantly-recognisable image of Saint George, slaying a dragon: a design crafted by Italian artist, Benedetto Pistrucci, for the first modern Sovereigns.
2002 Half Sovereigns mark a rare departure from this pattern, instead utilising a design inspired by the royal arms. Shield reverses like these were last used on gold Sovereigns during the reign of Queen Victoria though the arms on 2002 Half Sovereigns are those of Victoria’s great-great granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
The special design of 2002 Half Sovereigns was part of the official celebrations held for Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. It was an appropriate way to mark 50 years on the throne, connecting one British monarch to her remarkable ancestor, who celebrated her own Golden Jubilee in 1887.
Some 61,374 bullion Half Sovereigns were struck in 2002 with the variant reverse design making these coins particularly sought after.
Top Quality Bullion Coins
Your 2002 Half Sovereign will be carefully selected 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 as gifts.
You have a range of alternative choices if you’re considering a 2002 Half Sovereign:
- Full Sovereigns from the same year: our 2002 gold Sovereigns offer double the amount of gold and the same one-year-only design
- 2002 gold proof Sovereigns are favoured by collectors and are characterised by a flawless appearance, achieved with multiple strikes and hand-finished dies
- If you’re not worried about the year and are looking to invest in gold then our best value Half Sovereigns, offered in good to fine condition, represent our top price
All gold Half Sovereigns 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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