2005 Elizabeth II Gold Half Sovereign Timothy Noad
Highly graded 2005 Half Sovereigns with a one-year-only reverse by Timothy Noad.
The Story of 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.
Timothy Noad's Saint George
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.
Our Best Quality Bullion Coins
Our experts will carefully select your 2005 Half Sovereign 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.
There's some other options to consider if you're thinking about a 2005 Half Sovereign:
- Our pre-owned, mixed year bullion Half Sovereigns represent our best price on these coins
- 2005 'full' Sovereigns offer the same St George reverse in 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold
- Gold proof 2005 Sovereigns have an unparalleled finish, their rarity increasing their value
All Sovereigns, including the 2005 Sovereign 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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