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2017 Elizabeth II Bullion Gold Half Sovereign 200th Anniversary

2017 Elizabeth II Bullion Gold Half Sovereign 200th Anniversary
(VAT Exempt)
22 carat gold 2017 Half Sovereigns make a great investment. Our expert staff select them by hand from our bullion stock graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or better. Extremely Fine Sovereigns carry very few marks or signs of wear, making them a great choice if you’re purchasing as a gift. 2017 marked 200 years since the first modern Sovereigns were struck. In celebration, The Royal Mint offered bullion Sovereigns with a special privy mark, displayed on the reverse to the left of the date. The historic Saint George design is paired with Jody Clark’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. These coins have a 916.7 fineness, weigh 3.99 grams, and have a 19.30 millimetres diameter. Like all gold Half Sovereigns, these 2017 examples are free from VAT and Capital Gains Tax. Our price includes free, insured UK delivery.
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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.

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.

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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.


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