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2003 Elizabeth II Bullion Gold Half Sovereign

2003 Elizabeth II Bullion Gold Half Sovereign
(VAT Exempt)
Our 22 carat gold 2003 Half Sovereigns are a great investment. We carefully select them from our bullion stock graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or better. Extremely Fine coins carry very few marks or signs of wear, making them a great choice if you’re buying as a gift. The obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley’s regal portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, paired with Benedetto Pistrucci’s classic Saint George and the dragon design to the reverse. 916.7 fineness, 3.99 grams, 19.30 millimetres diameter. Capital Gains Tax exempt and VAT free. Insured UK delivery included.
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Gold 2003 Half Sovereigns are a great way to mark a significant year.

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.

Saint George and the Dragon

2003 Half Sovereigns feature a reverse design that is instantly recognisable to anyone with a passing interest in British money.

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 these gold coins ever since. Pistrucci’s initials – BP – appear below the horses' hooves in this dynamic image of England’s patron saint.

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'.

47,818 bullion Half Sovereigns were struck in 2003: significantly less than the two years previous.

Top Quality Bullion Coins

Your 2003 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 for gifts.

You have a range of alternative choices if you're considering a 2003 Half Sovereign:

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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