2005 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Proof Half Sovereign Saint George
Gold proof Half Sovereign, minted in 2005 with a reverse design by Timothy Noad.
Gold Proof Half Sovereigns
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 'full' Sovereigns which makes them particularly collectible.
Timothy Noad's Saint George
For much of their long history, modern Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns have 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 2005 Half Sovereigns, 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.
Collectible Half Sovereigns
Just 5,011 of these gold proof Half Sovereigns were issued individually in 2005.
Sovereigns with alternate reverse designs are always sought after. This limited edition Half Sovereign comes in its original packing from The Royal Mint with its 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 also stock 'full' 2005 proof Sovereigns, and bullion 2005 Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns: all bearing the same design. Our most economical offer is our mixed year, best value bullion Half Sovereigns.
All Sovereigns, including those struck in 2005, 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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