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2012 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Half Sovereign Diamond Jubilee

2012 Gold Bullion Half Sovereign Diamond Jubilee Reverse
(VAT Exempt)
22 carat gold uncirculated Half Sovereign, featuring the special 2012 Saint George reverse. This year marked Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The nation celebrated a sixty years on the throne with a whole suite of commemorative events including an extended Bank Holiday weekend, a flotilla on the river Thames and street parties across the country. A range of Diamond Jubilee souvenirs were sold but coins in The Royal Mint’s 2012 Sovereign range are no doubt the most prestigious mementoes of the occasion. These gold proof coins feature a unique reverse, only used in the jubilee year. It’s a reinterpretation of the classic St George and the dragon motif that has been used on these coins since they were first struck in 1817. That historic engraving is the work of Benedetto Pistrucci but the 2012 design was created by British sculptor Paul Day. His design fills the reverse of these coins, the dragon’s body mirroring the Saint’s horse in a dynamic evocation of the well known legend. Day’s reverse is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, as used on British coinage from 1998 to 2015. This gold bullion Half Sovereign is composed of 3.99 grams of 916.7 gold giving it a pure gold content of 3.66 grams or .1177 troy ounces. It measures 19.30 millimetres in diameter. Their gold content and their status as UK legal tended confers two important tax benefits on Half Sovereigns: these coins are VAT and Capital Gains Tax exempt. We'll supply your 2012 Diamond Jubilee Half Sovereign in a grade of about Extremely Fine (aEF) or better, its finish protected by our secure and discrete packaging.
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Diamond Jubilee reverse gold bullion Half Sovereigns: available now.

What Are Gold Bullion 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 modern Half Sovereign, first minted in 1817, conformed to 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 3.66 grams or .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 means that they're worth much more.

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.

2012 Diamond Jubilee Sovereign Reverse

Most gold Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns minted in the last hundred years bear Benedetto Pistrucci's famous engraving of England's patron saint, mounted on horseback, slaying a cowering dragon. 

The 2012 Sovereign family represents a rare deviation from this pattern in that they bear a one-year-only reverse design, issued to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. This is a reinterpretation of the St George theme by sculptor Paul Day and shows the armoured Saint besting a clawed dragon in a design that takes up the whole surface of the coin, the date appearing at the beasts belly and the artists initials to the right.

Day's unique design is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to the obverse. Used on British coinage from 1998 to 2015, Rank-Broadley's effigy is surrounded by a legend that reads: 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REG · FID · DEF'. 

What Makes 2012 Half Sovereign Valuable?

Collectors favour modern Half Sovereigns with alternate reverse designs but these coins are sought after by investors too. Their gold content means they Half Sovereigns are VAT free in the UK and EU and also benefit from a Capital Gains Tax exemption as British legal tender. With their accessible prices and highly recognisable name these gold coins are a valuable addition to any portfolio.

250,000 uncirculated Half Sovereigns were struck by The Royal Mint in 2012.

Our expects will carefully select your 2012 Diamond Jubilee 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 as gifts.

If you're interested in 2012 uncirculated Half Sovereigns you might also be interested in their cousin, the 2012 proof Half Sovereign. We also carry 'full' 2012 gold Sovereigns in bullion and proof finishes, plus proof Quarter Sovereigns and 2012 three-coin and five-coin sets.

How Can I Sell A 2012 Gold Half Sovereign?

We buy gold coins, including 2012 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 2012 Half Sovereigns goes up and down with the gold price. Get an up-to-the-minute price for your 2012 uncirculated Half Sovereign by visiting our Sell Your Coins page on The Britannia Coin Company website. Each is composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold.

Some 250,000 uncirculated Half Sovereigns were struck by The Royal Mint in 2012. These fractional gold Sovereigns feature a one-year-only reverse by Paul Day showing a reinterpretation of the Saint George design common to many of these coins. It was issued to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


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