Issued for circulation for more than a century by the Royal Mint, the Gold 1/2 Sovereigns from Great Britain were recognized around the world as a stable form of currency used throughout Britain’s sprawling empire in the 19th and 20th centuries. Introduced in 1817, the coins were only halted in circulation production in the 1930s. Today, NGC-graded Gold Great Britain 1/2 Sovereigns are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to you inside NGC protective plastic slabs!
- Produced from 1817 to the 1930s and again since 1980 as a bullion coin!
- Bears images of various monarchs on the obverse!
- Comes from random years of issue in this listing!
- Consists of .1176 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- Graded About Uncirculated 50 or better by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- On the obverse is an effigy of the reigning British monarch to match the date.
- The reverse side of the coin comes with the image of St. George slaying the dragon or the Royal Arms of England.
- Please keep in mind you may receive matching dates and designs if you buy several coins.
The Royal Mint issued the new Gold Great Britain Sovereigns starting in 1817. This followed Parliament’s movement known as the Great Recoinage that modernized and modified the coinage of Great Britain in the early 19th century. The reissue of Great Britain Sovereigns linked 19th-century British currency of the era to the Tudor Dynasty of the 15th century and the English Sovereign. Among the coins issued in 1817 was the Gold 1/2 Sovereign.
All of the Gold Great Britain 1/2 Sovereigns in this product listing are packaged in protective slabs by the NGC with an About Uncirculated 50+ grade. Coins in this condition have medium to full mint luster with extremely light or even simple trace signs of wear and tear on only the highest relief points of the design strike.
Silver.com offers these coins to you from random years in this listing. These coins come with random date marks that range from 1817 when the series launched until the 1930s when the 1/2 sovereign was issued for the final time in circulation. Since 1980, with the exception of 1981, the Royal Mint has issued 1/2 sovereigns as a gold bullion specimen.
On the obverse of Gold Great Britain 1/2 Sovereigns is an effigy of the reigning British monarch. Those featured on the Gold Great Britain 1/2 Sovereigns include King George III, King George IV, Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, and Queen Elizabeth II, though her effigy only appears on modern gold bullion coins with a date mark of 1980 and later.
The reverse side of Gold 1/2 Sovereigns features two possible designs, though one is far more prominent than the other. When the series launched in 1817, the Royal Mint used an image of St. George slaying a dragon from horseback as created by Benedetto Pistrucci. Through the first several decades of Queen Victoria’s reign, the coins had the Royal Arms of England instead.
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