2010 Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Half Sovereign
22 carat gold UK Half Sovereign, dated 2010.
What Are Gold Half Sovereigns?
Half Sovereigns were first struck during the reign of King Henry VIII. The legacy of these hammered Tudor coins was revived for a new gold issue in 1817, introduced as part of a major overhaul of British currency in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars.
These early nineteenth century coins established a specification that is still followed today. Each Half Sovereign is composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat (916.7) gold. That equates to .1177 troy ounces - exactly half the fine gold weight of a 'full' Sovereign. They have a diameter of 19.30 millimetres and a milled edge.
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.
What Portrait Appears On 2010 Half Sovereigns?
Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen features on the obverse of the 2000 Half Sovereign. Introduced in 1998 this same definitive effigy would be used on British coinage until 2015. The legend reads 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF'. The artists initials appear below the portrait.
The reverse is one instantly recognisable to Sovereign collectors. Benedetto Pistrucci's Saint George is caught in the act of slaying a cowering dragon from his rearing horse. Half Sovereigns don't feature any mention of their face value in the design so this image of England's patron saint is an easier identifier. The date - 2010 - appears below the expiring dragon but the initials of the artist are missing on 2009 and 2010 Half Sovereigns.
Are 2010 Gold Half Sovereigns Valuable?
2010 was a low mintage year for bullion Half Sovereigns. A much smaller number were issued by The Royal Mint in this year compared to 2009 or 2011 when 50,000 were struck.
Data shows that just 16,485 uncirculated Half Sovereigns were minted in 2010.
Like all Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns, those that were struck in 2010 are VAT free as investment gold and Capital Gains Tax exempt as UK legal tender (the face value of Half Sovereigns is technically 50p).
If you're interested in a 2010 Half Sovereign you might also be interested in our 2010 'full' Sovereigns in bullion and proof finishes. We also offer mixed date Half Sovereigns as an investment option at our lowest margin over spot.
How To Sell A 2010 Half Sovereign
We buy gold coins, including 2010 uncirculated Half Sovereigns, for market leading prices. Visit us at our shop in Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, UK or click on our Sell Your Coins page to find out how you can get cash for your gold through the post.
Frequently Asked Questions
The value of 2010 uncirculated Half Sovereigns depends on the current gold price. Each is composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold (that’s a pure gold content of 3.66 grams or 0.1177 troy ounces). Visit our Sell Your Coins page for a free, no-obligation valuation today.
2010 was a low mintage year for bullion Half Sovereigns: just 16,485 were struck. This does not sound particularly small but it’s much lower than the figure for 2009 or 2011 when 50,000 were minted. Generally, Half Sovereigns are minted in smaller numbers than their full counterparts and 2010 was no different.
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