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2016 Gold Bullion Half Sovereign Jody Clark Portrait

2016 Elizabeth II Gold Half Sovereign Jody Clark Reverse
(VAT Exempt)
22 carat gold uncirculated Royal Mint Half Sovereign, dated 2016. These gold coins at VAT and Capital Gains Tax exempt and are sought by collectors and investors. Please note that while 2016 proof Half Sovereigns feature a one-year-only obverse portrait by James Butler, these bullion Half Sovereigns use the effigy by Jody Clark, introduced to British coinage the previous year. This is the first time that this new portrait of Elizabeth II appeared on a bullion Half Sovereign. The new obverse is paired with a much older reverse, designed for the first modern Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns, issued in 1817. It’s the work of an Italian artist named Benedetto Pistrucci and depicts England’s patron saint, St George, in the act of slaying a cowering dragon from his position on horseback. This engraving has been a perennial presence on gold Half Sovereigns since their inception, communicating value on a denomination which does not advertise its face value on its surface. While Half Sovereigns have a technical face value of half a pound sterling, they are worth much more thanks to their gold content. Each of these coins is composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat (916.7) gold equating to 3.66 grams or .1177 troy ounces of pure gold. All our individual date uncirculated Half Sovereigns are offered in about Extremely Fine (aEF) grade. Your coin will be provided in a clear sleeve and packaged securely for postage which is free in the UK.
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The History Of The Gold Half Sovereign

The first Half Sovereigns were struck in 1544 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 3.99 grams and are composed of 22 carat (916.7) gold. That equates to a gold weight of .1177 troy ounces: exactly half that of 'full' Sovereigns. Half Sovereigns have a nominal face value of half a pound sterling but their gold content lends 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.

What Portrait Is Used On 2016 Half Sovereigns?

2016 Half Sovereigns are the first non-proof Half Sovereigns to feature a new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen, introduced to British coinage the previous year. It's the work of Jody Clark, the first Royal Mint engraver to create a definitive coinage portrait of a British monarch for over 100 years. It's the fifth such portrait to appear on Elizabeth II's money and shows her wearing the George IV State Diadem.

The effigy appears to the obverse alongside the legend 'ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·'.

It's paired with a reverse design that is instantly recognisable to anyone with a passing interest in British money. Crafted by Italian artist, Benedetto Pistrucci, for the first modern Sovereigns, the image of Saint George on horseback, finishing off a cowed dragon, has been a perennial presence on these gold coins ever since. 

Should I Invest In Gold Half Sovereigns?

Your 2016 Half Sovereign will be carefully selected 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.

You have a range of options if you're considering a 2016 Half Sovereign:

All gold Half Sovereigns 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 2016 Gold Half Sovereign?

We buy gold coins, including 2016 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

2016 bullion Half Sovereigns are composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold. The 3.66 grams (0.1177 troy ounces) of pure gold that they contain gives them a value that is dependent on the spot price. Visit our Sell Your Coins page for an up to date valuation.

We don't currently have mintage figures for the number of uncirculated Half Sovereigns issued in 2016 by The Royal Mint. Bullion Half Sovereigns from 2016 do not feature the special portrait by James Butler used on their proof counterparts.


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