2017 Elizabeth II Bullion Gold Half Sovereign 200th Anniversary
High-grade 2017 bullion Half Sovereigns with a one-year-only privy mark, celebrating 200 years since the first modern Sovereigns were minted.
The Story 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.
200 Years of the Sovereign
2017 marked 200 years since the very first modern Sovereigns were minted.
To celebrate, The Royal Mint included a special privy mark on bullion Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns issued in this year. Composed of a tiny 200, surmounting a quartered shield, it appears next to the date on the reverse of the coin which displays Benedetto Pistrucci’s iconic Saint George and the dragon, designed for the 1817 Sovereign.
On the 2017 Half Sovereign this is paired with Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen: the fifth such official effigy used on her coinage.
Brilliant Uncirculated Sovereign
Our 2017 bullion Half Sovereigns are hand selected by our expert staff from our best gold bullion stock. Every example is graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or above. Extremely Fine Sovereigns carry very limited signs of wear and as such make a great choice if you're buying these gold coins as gifts.
There's a few different options to consider if you’re researching 2017 Half Sovereigns:
- The full bullion 2017 Sovereign has the same privy mark to celebrate 200 years since the first Sovereigns
- 2017 proof Sovereigns recreate the reverse of the 1817 Sovereign, including a garter in the design
- A 1 July 2017 Strike of the Day was also offered in a brilliant uncirculated finish
- Just looking to buy gold? Our mixed year, bullion Half Sovereigns represent our best price.
All Sovereigns, including the 2017 Half Sovereign 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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