2004 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Half Sovereign
2004 gold proof Half Sovereign from a limited edition presentation of 4,446.
The Story of the Half Sovereign
The first Half Sovereigns were minted by the Tudor monarchs. Later, the name was revived for a new gold coin, introduced in 1817 following a major overhaul of British coinage. They were minted for more than a century, only falling out of production and circulation after the First World War.
Half Sovereigns are composed of 3.994 grams of 22 carat gold. They have a diameter of 19.30 and contain .1176 troy ounces of pure gold. Nominally, Half Sovereigns have a value of half a Pound sterling though their precious metal content means they are worth significantly more.
Proof Half Sovereigns began to be minted regularly in the 1980s, joining full Sovereigns as part of the The Royal Mint’s most prestigious annual issue. These coins are available in sets and individually, minted in smaller numbers than larger Sovereigns which makes them particularly collectible.
Benedetto Pistrucci's Saint George
For much of its history the modern Half Sovereign has featured an iconic reverse design, crafted by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. His instantly-recognisable Saint George and the Dragon design shows England's patron saint mounted on a horse, slaying a dragon underfoot.
It's a powerful image that has become synonymous with the gold Sovereign and Half Sovereign. These coins don't carry their denomination on their face as part of their legend like most currency, so the Saint George motif is an easy identifier for many collectors. The coin's date appears below the dragon.
Pistrucci's design is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley's effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that appears on the obverse of this Half Sovereign. Introduced in 1998, this fourth definitive portrait shows a greater degree of realism that its idealised predecessors. Broadley's initials - IRB - appear below the truncation of Elizabeth II's neck.
Gold Proof Collector's Coin
4,446 gold proof Half Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in 2004
This one comes in its original box and case with a numbered certificate of authenticity. It's finished to proof standard. Intended for collectors, proof coins have crisp details and high contrast between fields and designs, achieved with multiple strikes of specially prepared dies.
We carry a range of 2004 Sovereigns and other options for those interested in these coins, including:
- 2004 Half Sovereigns were also offered in an uncirculated finish: we offer these as bullion coins
- The 2004 gold proof ‘full’ Sovereign bears the same designs but contains twice the amount of pure gold
- Our mixed year, best value bullion Half Sovereigns make a sensible investment
These are all 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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