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2017 Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Half Sovereign 200th Anniversary

2017 Half Sovereign

Buy a 2017 Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Half Sovereign 200th Anniversary

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Bullion gold Half Sovereign from 2017: the 200th anniversary of the first modern Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns. While these coins take their name from an earlier Tudor denomination, the Half Sovereign as we know it today originated in the early nineteenth century in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars. When they were first issued, Half Sovereigns bore a portrait of King George III and a reverse engraving by an Italian artist named Benedetto Pistrucci. The latter - a depiction of the legend of St George and the dragon - has remained a perennial presence on these coins down the centuries and is used again on this anniversary uncirculated issued. Pistrucci’s design shows England’s patron saint on a rearing horse, slaying the cowering dragon with his sword. For this edition a tiny privy mark has been added next to the date in the form of a quartered shield with ‘200’ above. For 2017 this historic design is paired with Jody Clark’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, the fifth such effigy used on her coinage. Like other Half Sovereigns, this one is composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold meaning the coin has an actual gold weight of 3.66 grams or .1177 troy ounces. The gold content means Half Sovereigns are VAT free and as UK legal tender they are also Capital Gains Tax exempt. All our Half Sovereigns are graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or better and come in protective packaging.
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High-grade 2017 bullion Half Sovereigns with a one-year-only privy mark, celebrating 200 years since the first modern Sovereigns were minted.

Are British Gold Half Sovereigns Valuable?

The Half Sovereign originated in Tudor times as a hammered gold coin, presented to VIPs. Their legend was reborn in the early nineteenth century when the name was revived for a new denomination, first issued in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars and a wholesale overhaul of British coinage.

The Half Sovereigns issued in 1817 established a specification that is closely followed to this day. Each of these 22 carat (916.7) gold coins weighs 3.99 grams meaning they have an actual gold weight of 3.66 grams or .1177 troy ounces. They measure 19.30 millimetres in diameter and feature 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 Do 2017 Half Sovereigns Look Like?

2017 Half Sovereign feature Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to the obverse. This effigy was introduced to UK coinage in 2015 and is the fifth such profile to be used during Elizabeth II's reign. The crowned portrait appears alongside the legend 'ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·'.

This is paired with a classic reverse design, instantly recognisable to coin collectors. Benedetto Pistrucci's image of St George, England's patron saint, in the act of slaying a dragon has been a near constant presence on these coins since their inception. The date and the artists initials appear below.

Half Sovereigns issued in 2017 feature a special 200 privy mark.

2017 marked the 200th anniversary of the first modern Sovereigns and, to celebrate, The Royal Mint have authorised a special privy mark on the bullion coins issued this year, including the Half Sovereign. This takes the form of a tiny quartered shield with '200' above it and appears next to the date.

Investing In 2017 Gold Half Sovereign Coins

Our 2017 Half sovereigns are offered in about Extremely Fine (aEF) condition meaning they show very limited signs of wear or handling, making them ideal as gifts. We'll deliver them to you in secure, discrete packaging that protects the coins finish.

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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.

Where Can I Sell A Bullion Half Sovereign

The easiest way to sell a 2017 Half Sovereign is to contact The Britannia Coin Company. We offer market leading prices for these modern collectible coins as well as other old currency. Visit our Sell Your Coins page to find out how you can get paid for you Half Sovereigns from home.

Frequently Asked Questions

The value of 2017 Half Sovereigns goes up and down with the gold price. Get an up-to-the-minute price for your 2017 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.

At the time of writing The Royal Mint has not released data on the number of uncirculated Half Sovereigns issued in 2017. We know that numbers decreased in 2015 so there might not be too many of them. Some 2,500 proof Half Sovereigns were issued in 2017.


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