2016 Elizabeth II Bullion Gold Half Sovereign Jody Clark Portrait
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History of the Half Sovereign
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 Half Sovereign, first minted in 1817, established the specifications that are still strictly followed today.
All Half Sovereigns weigh 3.994 grams and are composed of 22 carat gold. That equates to a gold weight of .1176 troy ounces: exactly half that of 'full' Sovereigns. Half Sovereigns have a nominal face value of half a pound sterling but their gold content gives 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.
A New Royal Portrait
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.
Top Quality Gold Coins
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:
- Our non-proof 2016 Fifth Portrait bullion Sovereigns offer twice the amount of gold as Half Sovereigns and the same obverse and reverse
- 2016 proof Sovereigns feature a one-year only portrait by James Butler in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday
- Mixed year, best value bullion Half Sovereigns are your best choice if you're not looking for a specific date
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.
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