2019 Half-Sovereign – Proof


The 2019 Half-Sovereigns - Proof

The coin is struck to Proof standard. Only 2,000 were issued individually as a limited edition.

The Reverse shows Benedetto Pistrucci's George and the Dragon.

The Obverse shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark.

Images used by permission of The Royal Mint


Mintage: 2,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 2019 ?
The Monarch is Elizabeth II. UK Prime Minister is Theresa May (Conservative), but she resigns in June and Boris Johnson becomes leader, soon with no majority in the Commons. Brexit still dominates and to break the stalemate a General Election is called in December with a spectacular result for the Conservatives; Boris has a majority of 80. SNP dominate Scotland. US President is Donald Trump. England win an amazing Cricket World Cup and the Ashes; Ben Stokes is hero. The World worries about climate change.
Elizabeth II (1952-Present)
Queen Elizabeth II is the current and longest reigning monarch ever. Born on 21 April 1926 to King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, she became Queen in 1952 and her Coronation was on 2 June 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II has issued many coins and was monarch during decimalisation.
General Description: Half-Sovereigns
The 2019 Half-Sovereign - Proof is an example of the Gold Half-Sovereign and is a gold coin, being as it's name suggests, half the value and half of the gold weight of a gold sovereign. Today, the half-sovereign is a commemorative coin, not issued every year and often only collected as part of a set.

The Half-Sovereign wa introduced a long time ago, in 1544 during the reign of Henry VII. However it was discontinued in 1604 (along with full sovereigns) and no more was minted until 1817. Production ended again in 1926 (1933 in Australia) and except for a few special issues during the Coronation years, it was 1980 when we saw half-sovereigns again.

As the value is half of one sovereign, that give the half-sovereign a face value of half a pound or ten shillings - 50p in post-decimal money, although you're going to have to pay somewhat over the gold price if you want to buy one.

The Obverse is the Monarch's head (Elizabeth II) and the Reverse is most often St George and the Dragon (usually the Benedetto Pistrucci version), although other backs have been used. 

Specifications for 2019 Half-Sovereign - Proof
 
  • Weight: 3.99 g
  • Diameter: 19.30 mm
  • Thickness: 0.99 mm
  • Purity: 22 carat = 91.67% (11/12ths gold, 1/12th copper. Adding copper makes the coin more scratch and dent resistant)
  • Gold Content: 3.6575 g = 0.1176 troy ounce
  • Face value: £0.50 = 10 shillings (decimal: 50 pence)
  • Monarch: Elizabeth II
  • These specifications apply to half-sovereigns from 1817.

History

Up until 1604 there was a coin called the English gold sovereign and in 1816 when there was the "Great Recoinage" the name was revived. At that time standard gold (22 carat) was valued at £46 14s 6d per troy pound; this meant a £1 coin needed to weigh 123.2744783 grains or 7.988030269 g. The weight is still the same today.

As a historical note: to maintain the Gold Standard, in 1816 the value of silver was set at 66 shillings for one troy pound and silver coins were only legal for denominations up to £2.

The diameter of a half-sovereign is 19.3mm and is only slightly smaller than a full sovereign (22.05mm) so first appearance may confuse inexperienced buyers. You can see in the image on the right, the half-sovereign on the right hand side is quite similar to the full sovereign on the left.

While you can buy half-sovereigns, many collectors only own them as part of a set.

Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
If you don't see a coin in the list below try the Half-Sovereigns page on eBay UK

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UK On eBay UK:
Coin Gold Half Sovereign Proof 2019 Piedfort Dragons Lair Box COA [A]
Coin Gold Half Sovereign Proof 2019 Piedfort Dragons Lair Box COA [A]
£ 599.95
BOXED 2019 ELIZABETH II GOLD PROOF HALF SOVEREIGN WITH CERT. IN MINT CONDITION.
BOXED 2019 ELIZABETH II GOLD PROOF HALF SOVEREIGN WITH CERT. IN MINT CONDITION.
£ 475.00
2019 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Proof Half Sovereign
2019 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Proof Half Sovereign
£ 339.00
ROYAL MINT SEALED 2019 ELIZABETH II GOLD HALF SOVEREIGN IN MINT CONDITION
ROYAL MINT SEALED 2019 ELIZABETH II GOLD HALF SOVEREIGN IN MINT CONDITION
£ 262.00
TDC Hattons 2019 22 Carat Gold 4-sided half sovereign BOX COA
TDC Hattons 2019 22 Carat Gold 4-sided half sovereign BOX COA
£ 299.95
The 2019 Queen Victoria 200th Anniversary Gold Proof Sovereign 2 Coins Set
The 2019 Queen Victoria 200th Anniversary Gold Proof Sovereign 2 Coins Set
£ 1,199.00
THE 2018 SAPPHIRE CORONATION JUBILEE GOLD HALF AND FULL SOVEREIGN SET
THE 2018 SAPPHIRE CORONATION JUBILEE GOLD HALF AND FULL SOVEREIGN SET
£ 1,350.00
THE 2018 ARMISTICE CENTENARY REMEMBRANCE GOLD GALLANTRY HALF AND FULL SOVEREIGN
THE 2018 ARMISTICE CENTENARY REMEMBRANCE GOLD GALLANTRY HALF AND FULL SOVEREIGN
£ 1,250.00

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