2017 Gold Half Sovereign
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2017 UK Half Sovereign Gold Coin
With a history dating back to 1489, the Royal Mint’s flagship 22 carat coin, the Gold Sovereign, represents a trusted constant through years of change.
This is a bullion finish gold coin, issued by the Royal Mint. Coins will be packaged loose for small quantities and come in Royal Mint tubes for orders of 25 and more.
The coins are issued without expensive presentation boxes to maximize the amount of gold for your money. You may wish to consider the accompanying Half Sovereign coin capsules.
The Half Sovereign version enhances divisibility further, enabling buyers to hold small units of gold.
The new 2017 version signifies 200 years of the Sovereign featuring the George and Dragon reverse designed by Benedetto Pistucci.
To celebrate this landmark, it includes a ‘200’ shield mint mark positioned proudly below the defeated dragon.
The obverse features the Queen’s fifth portrait by Jody Clark.
As a bullion coin, the 2017 Half Sovereign is designed and aimed at investors. A bullion finish is the cheapest production method available, with the coin being struck once in the mould. This lends itself to those seeking as much tax free gold as possible for their money, rather than pay for expensive packaging and a proof finish. Like the larger 2017 gold Sovereign, the Half Sovereign version has an unlimited mintage as the Royal Mint seek to maximize distribution with growing market demand. This helps keep prices down but may limit upside potential in years to come compared with limited edition coins.
Our Expert Opinion
A wise choice for those seeking maximum divisibility in their gold portfolio. Their diminutive size means even a modest investor can own a number of coins, providing flexibility when the desire to liquidate part of the portfolio arises.
The compromise comes with the higher relative premium of the coins when compared to their big brother, the 2017 Gold Sovereign coin. The general rule of thumb is the smaller the coin, the higher the premium, simply due to the cost of minting representing a higher percentage of the coin’s gold content. This doesn’t mean we suggest you simply buy the largest gold coins available just to reduce relative margin. When selling, the 2017 usually fetched a slightly higher price per gram than the larger Sovereign, reflecting the added divisibility it offers.
In our opinion, the coin is a sound choice as the premium isn’t inflated by any historical value. It’s the cheapest way of owning a Half Sovereign without having to pay the increased premiums associated with George and Victorian Half Sovereigns. We’d recommend these coins form part of a larger portfolio, mixed with larger coins and semi-numismatic coins, to achieve a balance between buying price, flexibility and growth potential.
Orders are delivered free of charge within the UK only.
Delivery is in non-branded tamper proof packaging by Royal Mail Special Delivery and is fully insured. Delivery usually takes place before 1pm on the day following despatch, but some areas may run over this timeframe.
Maximum value per parcel is £50,000, so larger orders will be sent in multiple installments.
When placing your order, the delivery address needs to match the registered address of the buyer.
You’ll receive a despatch email with a tracking link once the goods are sent so you can see the status of the delivery and location of the parcel.
In the event that no-one is in to receive the delivery, you’ll be left a red card confirming attempted delivery, with confirmation on the Royal Mail tracking page. You then have the choice of arranging redelivery or picking up the parcel from your nearest sorting office.
For more details please see section 4 of our Terms & Conditions and our Delivery & Storage page.
If you request storage for your order, your goods will be sent free of charge to the storage vaults.
All gold & silver orders are stored at Loomis International in the UK and held on a fully allocated and segregated basis.
Storage fees are 1%+VAT/year for gold and 1.5%+VAT/year for silver, subject to minimum charges.
Please see further details of storage fees and minimum charges on our Storage & Delivery page.
Storage is charged at point of purchase by selecting ‘Buy with Storage’ to the next semi-annual pay date. Semi-annual storage dates are 15 March and 15 September each year and are subject to minimum charges for the period.
A recurring storage fee will be taken from your card at each semi-annual storage date.
You can opt to have your goods delivered at any time, subject to delivery charges of £25 +0.25% of the metal value.