2022 Gold Proof Half Sovereign Royal Arms Reverse
Excited to get hold of a 2022 Gold Proof Half Sovereign? Here’s all we know so far about this highly anticipated gold coin.
A Royal Arms Reverse?
Recent proclamations published in The London Gazette suggest that coins in the 2022 Sovereign family will not feature Benedetto Pistrucci’s Saint George and the Dragon design. Instead, the announcements indicate that the Royal Coat of Arms will appear on the reverse. The notice says the coin will show:
'… a depiction of our Royal Coat of Arms and the date of the year.'
The Royal Arms are the official coat of arms of the sitting monarch: a potent heraldic design, used both by the royal family and the British government. It’s composed of a central shield, a motto, crest and supporters and acts as a powerful symbol of national history and identity.
We’re not exactly sure how the Coat of Arms will be rendered at this stage but plenty of historic coins include a variation on the arms or at least the central shield. We’ve put together a mock up with our best guess but why not have a look at our blog on the subject for more information and ideas?
2022 Half Sovereign Specifications
While the reverse of the 2022 Half Sovereign will be different from previous issues, we know that the obverse will feature Jody Clark’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. This will be accompanied by a standard inscription: ‘ELIZABETH II ∙ DEI ∙ GRA · REGINA ∙ FID ∙ DEF ·’.
The weight and fineness of the 2022 gold proof Half Sovereign will be the same as it has been since the coin was introduced in 1817: 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold (that’s .916 fine gold and an actual gold weight of 0.1176 troy ounces). The diameter will also remain the same at 19.30 millimetres.
Proof Sovereigns are always released in limited numbers but we’re betting that numbers will be comparable to last years Half Sovereign (1,500) and significantly less than the last time the design was substantially changed (2012: limited presentation of 2,250).
2022 Half Sovereign Availability
New Sovereigns are generally released in late September or early October so we’re anticipating an announcement from The Royal Mint any day now. We know that these coins typically sell out fast on the Mint’s website and - as we’re anticipating a limited mintage - our advice is to act fast to secure yours.
Whatever the design is for the reverse of the 2022 Half Sovereign, it will likely be scaled for use on all proof coins in the 2022 Sovereign family, including the Quintuple Sovereign or Five Pound, the Double Sovereign or Two Pound, the full Sovereign and the Quarter Sovereign. Click the links to register your interest in these coins.
We’re anticipating that three and five coin proof sets will be offered, meaning you can acquire the 2022 Sovereign family in one fell swoop if you so choose. Beware though: these are often released in very limited numbers so act now to avoid disappointment.
Find Out More
We’ve outlined all we know about the 2022 Sovereign family in a new blog post: 2022 Gold Sovereign: A New Royal Arms Reverse? We’ll be updating that page as we get more information. Click through to find out more about previous Sovereigns with alternate reverses and other coins featuring the Royal Arms.
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