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2005 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Half Sovereign Saint George

2005 Half Sovereign

Buy a 2005 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Half Sovereign Saint George

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22 carat gold 2005 Half Sovereign with a special one-year-only reverse. For the most part these coins feature a classic design, created for the first modern Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns. It’s the work of Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci and show’s England’s patron saint, St George, in the act of slaying a dragon from horseback. Coins in the 2005 Sovereign family also feature St George but in a very different guise. Timothy Noad’s St George, who appears on the reverse of this Half Sovereign, is dynamic and modern. He holds a shield and wields his sword at a rearing beast, much more fearsome than the cowering creature in Pistrucci’s design. Sovereign variations aren’t all that common, especially on Half Sovereigns, making 2005 Half Sovereigns particularly sought after. Like other Half Sovereigns they’re composed of 3.99 grams of 916.7 gold, equating to a fine gold weight of 3.66 grams or .1177 troy ounces. The diameter is 19.30 millimetres and the obverse shows Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, the fourth such effigy to be used on Elizabeth II’s coinage. Half Sovereigns are VAT free and Capital Gains Tax exempt. Our uncirculated Half Sovereigns are graded about Extremely Fine (aEF) or better and supplied in a clear capsule or case. Buy now and get free UK shipping.
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Highly graded 2005 Half Sovereigns with a one-year-only reverse by Timothy Noad.

What Are UK Gold Half Sovereigns?

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 3.99 grams and are composed of 22 carat (916.7) gold. That equates to a gold weight of .1177 troy ounces: exactly half that of 'full' Sovereigns. Half Sovereigns have a nominal face value of half a Pound Sterling (50p) 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.

Who Designed The 2005 Half Sovereign?

For much of its long history the modern Sovereign has featured an iconic reverse design, crafted by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. His instantly-recognisable Saint George design shows England's patron saint mounted on a horse, slaying a dragon which cowers underfoot.

For coins in the 2005 Sovereign family, this historic motif was replaced with a very different Saint George, crafted by heraldic artist Timothy Noad. His design centres on a crusader shield with Saint George's Cross, which protects a sword-wielding Saint, about to strike a winged dragon. It's an action-packed, dynamic image.

Noad's reverse is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley's depiction of Her Majesty the Queen. In use between 1998 and 2015, this fourth official effigy shows a greater degree or realism than its idealised predecessors. Broadley’s initials - IRB - appear below Elizabeth II’s portrait.

Some 30,299 gold bullion Half Sovereigns were struck by The Royal Mint in 2005.

Buy A 2005 Gold Bullion Half Sovereign

Our experts will carefully select your 2005 Half Sovereign from our best stock. Each example is graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or better. Extremely Fine coins carry very limited signs of wear and as such make a great choice when buying Half Sovereigns for gifts.

Half Sovereigns - especially those with special designs - are favoured by investors. Their gold content makes them VAT free in the UK and, as legal tender, they're also Capital Gains Tax exempt. Their small size makes them affordable, easy to store and easy to liquidate.

There's some other options to consider if you're thinking about a 2005 Half Sovereign including our mixed-year, best value Half Sovereigns, proof Half Sovereigns from 2005 or the 'full' proof coin from the same year.

How Can I Sell A 2005 Gold Half Sovereign?

Got a 2005 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

2005 Half Sovereigns are sought after for their special St George reverse but their value is still tied to the current gold price. Visit our Sell Your Coins page for an up to date valuation for your 3.99 gram, 22 carat gold 2005 bullion Half Sovereign.

The Royal Mint released 30,299 uncirculated Half Sovereigns in 2005 bearing a special St George design by Timothy Noad to the reverse. Despite the design change this was a low mintage year with the figure the lowest seen between 2000 and 2010.


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