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2004 Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Half Sovereign

2004 Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Half Sovereign
(VAT Exempt)
UK gold uncirculated Half Sovereign for 2004. These gold coins are composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat (916.7) gold. This means that each 2004 Half Sovereign contains 3.66 grams or .1177 troy ounces of pure gold. These specifications, including the diameter of 19.30 millimetres were established all the way back in 1817 when the first modern Sovereign and Half Sovereigns were issued. They took their name from an older, hammered gold coin, struck by the Tudor monarchs. 1817 Half Sovereigns bore a portrait of King George III, their 2004 successor shows Ian Rank-Broadley's effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse features the instantly recognisable figure of Saint George, mounted on a rearing horse, in the act of slaying a dragon. This design – the work of Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci – has been a perennial presence on these coins for the last two centuries. Like all gold Sovereigns, 2004 Half Sovereigns are VAT and Capital Gains Tax exempt making them attractive to investors. Our 2004 Half Sovereigns are offered in about Extremely Fine (aEF) condition or better, presented inside a protective slip or capsule.
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Invest in a highly graded 2004 gold Half Sovereign today.

The History Of Gold Half Sovereigns

The earliest Half Sovereigns were minted in 1544, during the reign of King Henry VIII. Their name was repurposed for a new gold coin, first struck in 1817 with a portrait of George III on the reverse. The 1817 Half Sovereign established specifications that remain in use to this day.

Every British Half Sovereign 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 content of 3.66 grams or 0.1177 troy ounces.

Half Sovereigns have a face value of half a Pound Sterling (50p) but they're worth much more thanks to their gold content. It’s this that makes these fractional Sovereigns attractive to investors as well as conferring a range of tax benefits.

Obverse And Reverse Of 2004 Half Sovereign

The obverse of 2004 Half Sovereigns shows Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. This is the fourth official effigy used on her coinage since her first issue in 1953. Rank Broadley’s portrait can be seen on Half Sovereigns dated 1998 to 2015. The legend reads: 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF'.

This is paired with a historic reverse design, used for the first modern Half Sovereigns. This was designed by an Italian artist named Benedetto Pistrucci and has appeared on many Half Sovereigns down the decades, including almost all of those issued in the reign of Elizabeth II.

It shows England’s patron saint, St George, in the act of slaying a dragon from his position on a rearing horse. It’s inspired by the most famous story associated with the saint. It’s a reverse that has become closely associated with Sovereigns as they do not bear their denomination on their face.

Why Should I Invest In A 2004 Half Sovereign?

Investors like Half Sovereigns because they are VAT free as investment gold and Capital Gains Tax exempt as UK legal tender. Their small size makes their price accessible with their beauty and the long stretch of the series adding an element of collectability.

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

Our 2004 bullion Half Sovereigns are graded about Extremely Fine (aEF) or better. These coins show very minimal signs of wear making them a great present. We’ll make sure the finish is preserved with a protective case or clear plastic slip.

If you're pondering a 2004 Half Sovereign you might also be interested in the proof edition from the same year. Also in stock: 2004 bullion, proof 'full' Sovereigns and our popular best value Half Sovereigns at our lowest margin over spot.

How Do I Sell A 2004 Gold Half Sovereign?

Got a 2004 Half Sovereign to sell? We'll buy it and any other gold, silver or base metal coins for cash. Visit our shop in Royal Wootton Bassett or view our Sell Your Coins page to get a quote from home.

Frequently Asked Questions

The value of 2004 uncirculated Half Sovereigns depends on the current gold price. Each is composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold (that’s a pure gold content of 3.66 grams or 0.1177 troy ounces). Visit our Sell Your Coins page for a valuation today.

The Royal Mint struck 34,924 bullion Half Sovereigns in 2004. This makes 2004 among the lowest mintage years for uncirculated Half Sovereigns between 2000 and 2010. A smaller number of gold proof Half Sovereigns were released in 2004: 4,446.


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