First introduced in 1489, the Great Britain Gold Sovereign isn’t the oldest gold coin issued by British mints, but it is the most historically significant in terms of longevity and symbolism. The Gold Sovereign was first released by King Henry VII in 1489 as a symbol of the power and strength of the monarch. In later years it would be a symbol of unification following the Wars of the Roses. Right now, Gold Great Britain ½ Sovereign Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you within a protective plastic package!
- Released between 1817 and 1937 as well as 1980-present!
- Consists of .1177 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- Obverse bears the portrait of the reigning monarch matching the date of issue.
- Reverse of most coins features Benedetto Pistrucci’s design of St. George mounted on horseback.
- Struck by the Royal Mint.
The Gold Great Britain ½ Sovereign Coins available here today come from one of two minting eras for the ½ Sovereign coin at the Royal Mint. While the original gold sovereign coins were first struck in 1489, the ½ Sovereigns debuted in 1544. More recently, the ½ Sovereign gold coins for sale come from the more modern reintroduction starting in 1817.
Most of these Gold Great Britain ½ Sovereign Coins were originally struck between 1817 and 1937, or from 1980 onward. The ½ Sovereign coins from the Royal Mint feature a different reigning monarch on the obverse whose portrait is used on the sovereign throughout their individual reign.
Many of these Gold Great Britain ½ Sovereign Coins are likely to feature the right-profile portrait of Queen Victoria I. Prior to her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth II’s current reign as Queen of England, Victoria I had the longest reign of any British monarch at 63 years, seven months, and two days. Her effigy appears on ½ Sovereign Coins issued from 1837 to 1901.
Other possible obverse portraits include those of Victoria’s son and short-term successor King Edward VII, her grandson King George V, her great-grandson King George VI, and the aforementioned Queen Elizabeth II. All coins issued from 1980 onward feature one of four different possible portraits of Queen Elizabeth II from the Royal Mint used since that time.
The reverse side of Gold Great Britain ½ Sovereign Coins includes Benedetto Pistrucci’s 1817 depiction of St. George riding on horseback as he slays a powerful dragon. This symbol of power and strength is associated with the sovereign coinage, but during portions of Queen Victoria I’s rule there was a crowned shield on the reverse instead.
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