2018 Gold Bullion Half Sovereign Sapphire Jubilee
Top-quality bullion 2018 Half Sovereigns, struck in the year of Elizabeth II’s Sapphire Jubilee.
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.
Saint George and the Dragon
2018 Half Sovereigns feature a reverse design that is closely tied to the history of these remarkable gold coins.
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 British coinage ever since. Pistrucci's initials – BP – appear below the horses' hooves in this dynamic image of England’s patron saint.
That design is paired with Jody Clark’s effigy of Elizabeth II: the fifth official portrait of Her Majesty used on her coinage. Clark was the first Royal Mint engraver to create a definitive coinage effigy of a British monarch for over 100 years.
High Grade Half Sovereigns
We’ll hand select your 2018 Sovereign from our best gold bullion stock by our expert staff. 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 adding high-quality Sovereigns to your collection.
Other Sovereign options to consider:
- The ‘full’ 2018 gold Sovereign offers twice the amount of gold when compared with the Half Sovereign
- 2018 proof Sovereigns come with a special privy mark to celebrate the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee
- Just looking to buy gold Half Sovereigns, not worried about the year? Our best value Half Sovereigns are your best choice
All Sovereigns, including the 2018 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
2018 Half Sovereigns are composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold. With a pure gold weight of 3.66 grams (0.1177 troy ounces) their value depends on the gold market. We pay industry leading rates for 2018 Half Sovereigns: visit our Sell Your Coins page for more.
The Royal Mint has not released mintage figures for uncirculated 2018 Half Sovereigns. These gold bullion coins are limited edition and this data might become available in the future. The Britannia Coin Company offers low margins on 2018 Half Sovereigns.
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