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2003 Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Half Sovereign

2003 Gold Bullion Half Sovereign Reverse
(VAT Exempt)
22 carat gold Half Sovereigns from 2003 in about Extremely Fine or better grade. These coins from The Royal Mint feature Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to the obverse. This fourth definitive effigy was introduced to British currency in 1998 and would remain a fixture until 2015. This is paired with a much older reverse design, authorised for the first modern Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns. These coins were introduced in 1817 following a major overhaul of UK coinage in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. Benedetto Pistrucci’s St George and the dragon motif has been a perennial presence on the Half Sovereign for the past two centuries and has become closely associated with the denomination. The specification of these coins is just as old. Every Half Sovereign minted since the reign of George III has been composed of 3.99 grams of 916.7 gold. That’s a pure gold content of 3.66 grams or 0.1177 troy ounces. Half Sovereigns have a diameter of 19.30 millimetres and a technical face value of half a Pound sterling (50p). Their value is well in excess of this, tied closely to the fluctuating price of gold. Collectors and investors prize Half Sovereigns like the 2003 edition for the associated tax benefits: they are VAT free in the UK and Capital Gains Tax exempt too. We’ll supply your bullion 2003 Half Sovereign in a protective slip and package it securely and discretely for delivery.
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VAT and CGT exempt 2003 uncirculated Half Sovereigns from The Royal Mint.

What Are UK Half Sovereigns?

The earliest Half Sovereigns date to 1544, late in the reign of King Henry VIII. These hammered gold coins were issued for less than a century but their prestigious name was revived for a more enduring new issue. Introduced in 1817, the first modern Half Sovereigns established a specification still followed today.

Each of these gold coins has a diameter of 19.30 millimetres and is composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat (916.7) gold. This equates to a pure gold weight of 3.66 grams or .1177 troy ounces.

Once these coins were struck at international branch mints and circulated across the Empire. They fell out of circulation in Britain in the early twentieth century but made their return in 1980, first with collectible proof issues and, from 2000, uncirculated bullion coins, designed for investors.

What Portrait Appears On 2003 Half Sovereigns?

2003 Half Sovereigns show Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of Elizabeth II. This is the fourth definitive effigy in use on Her Majesty the Queen's coinage. It was introduced in 1998 and used through until 2015. This is accompanied by the legend: 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF'.

Through the uncirculated Half Sovereign issued in 2002 featured a unique, one-year-only reverse celebrating the Queens Golden Jubilee, this 2003 coin features the classic and instantly recognisable image of St George, mounted on a horse in the act of slaying a dragon.

This interpretation of England's patron saint was created for the first modern Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns by Italian artist, Benedetto Pistrucci. These coins do not carry a mark of their value on their face so this historic design has become easy way to identify value.

How To Invest In A 2003 Half Sovereign

Half Sovereigns make a great investment. These gold coins are VAT and Capital Gains Tax free and their small size means they're accessibly priced and easy to store. These coins have a justified reputation the world over, meaning you can easily liquidate your investment. Designs and limited issues add collectibility.

47,818 uncirculated Half Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in 2003.

Our bullion Half Sovereigns come in a plastic slip or capsule. We will select a 2002 Half Sovereign from our available stock that grades at about Extremely Fine (aEF) or better. These coins show very minimal signs of wear and make great presents, perhaps for a significant birthday?

If you're interested in 2003 Half Sovereigns its worth looking at our ‘full’ uncirculated Sovereigns from the same year. We also have 2003 Proof Sovereign and 2003 proof Half Sovereigns in stock now. Investors may also be interested in our mixed-year, Half Sovereigns at our lowest price over spot.

Where Can I Sell A 2003 Half Sovereign?

Got a 2003 Half Sovereign to sell or other gold coins? The Britannia Coin Company offers quick valuations for your bullion, modern collectibles and historic coinage. Visit our Sell Your Coins page and contact us to get paid for your Half Sovereigns.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each 2003 Half Sovereign contains 3.66 grams of pure gold (that’s 0.1177 troy ounces). Their value depends on the current spot price of gold. Visit our Sell Your Coins page for an up to date, no obligation price for your 2003 Sovereign today from home.

The data reveals that 47,818 uncirculated gold Half Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in 2003. That number is significantly fewer than the 61,347 issued the previous year (2002). 2001 is the third lowest mintage year for Half Sovereigns 2000-2010.


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