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2008 Gold Bullion Half Sovereign Queen Elizabeth II Coin

2008 Elizabeth II Gold Half Sovereign Reverse

Buy a 2008 Gold Bullion Half Sovereign Queen Elizabeth II Coin

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Gold bullion UK 1/2 Sovereign. This coin features the classic image of Saint George in the act of slaying a dragon, crushed beneath his horses hooves. The engraving of England’s patron saint has been in use on British coinage since 1817 and is the work of Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. It’s a design that’s instantly recognisable to numismatists and investors alike. Pistrucci’s initials can be seen below the dragon next to the date. The obverse of the 2008 Half Sovereign features Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This is the fourth of five successive definitive effigies used on the Queen’s coinage and can be seen on coins minted between 1998 and 2015. Like all ‘full’ Sovereigns, this example is composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold, equating to a pure gold content of 3.66 grams or .1177 troy ounces. It has a diameter of 19.30 millimetres and a milled edge. It’s one of 75,000 bullion or ‘uncirculated’ Half Sovereigns issued by The Royal Mint in this year. Part of the allure of bullion Sovereigns including fractional editions is that they are exempt from both Capital Gains Tax and VAT for UK investors. This 2008 Half Sovereign is no different. It comes without any official Royal Mint box or sleeve but we’ll ensure its carefully packaged for delivery which is free in the UK.
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Uncirculated 2008 gold Half Sovereign with Pistrucci's Saint George to the reverse.

What Is A British Half Sovereign Coin?

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.

Saint George and the Dragon Reverse

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

Our Gold Bullion 2008 Half Sovereigns

We'll select your 2008 Half Sovereign from our best bullion stock. Each example is graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or above. Extremely Fine coins carry very few signs of were and make a great choice if you’re buying these gold coins as a gift.

75,000 Half Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in 2008.

Your coin will be supplied loose, without any additional Royal Mint packaging. Don't worry though, we'll make sure your Half Sovereign is securely packed for delivery which is free to UK addresses.

If you're considering a 2008 uncirculated Half Sovereign you may also be interested in a gold proof 'full' Sovereign from the same year. Just looking to invest in UK gold coins? Why not looking into our best value Half Sovereigns: we'll pick the year and you'll get our best price.

All Sovereigns, including this 2008 fractional example, are exempt from Capital Gains Tax as UK legal tender and free from VAT in the UK and EU as investment grade gold.

How Can I Sell A 2008 Half Sovereign?

We buy 2008 Half Sovereigns and other gold coins for market leading prices. Whether you're selling one Half Sovereign or a collection we're happy to offer you a free, no obligation quote that we're confident you'll be happy with. Been offered more elsewhere? Let us know! Visit our Sell Your Coins page for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get an up to date price for your 2008 Half Sovereign by visiting our Sell Your Coins page. We can value your 22 carat gold 2008 Half Sovereigns from home or at our gold counter in Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, UK. Get cash or a bank transfer today.

75,000 uncirculated Half Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in 2008. Mintage figures for bullion Half Sovereigns would exceed 250,000 in 2010 so this is a fairly low-issue year. Some 2,465 proof Half Sovereigns were released in 2008.


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