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Best Value Half Sovereign

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Best Value Half Sovereign Gold Coin

This product will be a pre-owned Gold Half Sovereign Coin. The year and portrait will be of our choice and will depend on stock levels. All our pre-owned coins undergo strict quality checks by our team of experts to ensure their condition is excellent. If you’re seeking as much tax-free gold for your money and don’t mind which year the coin is, then this is a great choice. Coins will be carefully packed loose, so you may want to consider purchasing the Half Sovereign coin capsules to protect them. If you prefer a lovely presentation box, then these 10 Coin Half Sovereign cases fit the bill.

The obverse of the Best Value Half Sovereign coin features one of the monarch portraits, ranging from Queen Elizabeth, George V, Edward VII and Victoria, while the reverse displays the classic St.George and Dragon design by Benedetto Pistucci.

The picture illustrates the type of coin you’ll receive, not the exact item.


The most common pre-owned Sovereign we receive is Elizabeth Half Sovereigns, which are minted from 1980 onwards (except 1981). They were issued as proof coins only in the period from 1980 to 1999, and as bullion coins from 2000 onwards. Always minted exclusively in the Royal Mint, annual figures vary but remain very modest compared to full Sovereigns. Due to the limitation of recent issuance, only, the more recent Elizabeth portraits feature on the coins, namely from the decimal, 3rd, 4th and 5th portraits.

Our Expert Opinion

Most pre-owned UK coins trade at a higher price than their brand-new peers. So you’d expect the contemporary Half Sovereign to be cheaper than these pre-owned Best Value Half Sovereigns. However, a majority of the time, these Half Sovereigns can be picked up at lower premiums than the latest issue. Despite having a higher degree of history, scarcity and desirability, the pre-owned coins offer better value than the latest edition. For us, that makes these coins a no-brainer, perhaps being limited only to a variable level of availability. It makes sense to buy in this version cheaper when it contains a higher numismatic value and may fetch more in the medium to long-term.

As a small tax-free gold coin, the Best Value Half Sovereign provides a low entry point into the world of gold for those with modest means, divisibility to those owning a gold portfolio, and balance to those owning larger coins like Full Sovereigns, £2 Sovereigns and Britannias. Clearly, its diminutive size means it is more expensive per gram than larger coins, so for a truly balanced portfolio, they’re best teamed with Sovereigns and Britannias to achieve both balance and value. We sometimes sell the proof version of the coin (issued from 1980 onwards) at the same price as the Brilliant Uncirculated version, depending on stock, which offers additional value as these should fetch a premium to the bullion version upon sale.

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.