The Gold Half Sovereign is a gold bullion coin minted by Britain’s Royal Mint. It is a smaller version of the world-famous Royal Mint Gold Sovereign.
The Half Sovereign is minted from 22 carat gold, containing eleven twelfths gold and one twelfth copper, for a gold purity of 0.9167. Weighing 3.99 grams, the Half Sovereign has a gold content of 3.6575 grams or 0.118 troy ounces.
Although a gold coin called the Sovereign was produced from 1489 to 1604, the modern gold Sovereign was first minted in 1817.
The obverse face of the Half Sovereign features a head portrait of the reigning British monarch in the year of issue.
The reverse face of Half Sovereigns depicts a scene of St George slaying a dragon, by the Italian engraver Benedetto Pistrucci.
The Royal Mint is fully owned by HM Treasury which guarantees the authenticity and gold content of all Half Sovereign coins.
Due to their small size, Half Sovereign gold coins are very affordable and great for gifting for special occasions.