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King George V Half Sovereign

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Half Sovereign King George V

The obverse features George V, while the reverse displays the classic St.George and Dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci. All our pre-owned coins undergo strict quality checks by our team of experts to ensure their condition is excellent. The coins are issued without expensive presentation boxes to maximize the amount of gold for your money.

The coins will date between 1911-1926.

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

History and mintage

Despite coming to the throne in 1910, succeeding his father Edward VII, all coins minted in 1910 still featured the portrait of the former king. The new king wasn’t featured on the Half Sovereign until minting in 1911, which actually coincides with his coronation. Production of the Half Sovereign coin during George’s reign was inconsistent, to say the least, mainly due to the outbreak of the First World War. Very few were used as actual currency as the government sought to save money with paper issues. The last George V Half Sovereign minted by the Royal Mint was in 1915 as the Great War took its grip. However, due to the depth of the Empire, Half Sovereigns were still produced up until 1926 by colonial mints in South Africa, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Several years during 1915 and 1926 produced no coins at all. Mintage figures are highest in the first few years of George’s reign when all mints were producing coins, with annual montage hitting 6-7 million. After 1915, annual amounts are below 1 million which is why you’ll predominantly see Half Sovereigns minted at the start of George’s accession to the throne.

Our Expert Opinion

As with its larger brother the King George Sovereign, the George Half Sovereign strikes an excellent balance between low premium and historical appeal. The Half Sovereigns are less plentiful than the Full Sovereign version so their relative rarity can sometimes impact on premiums. For divisibility, the half Sovereign provides a perfect solution if you know you may need to sell your holding piecemeal. The coins also provide flexibility to pass down the generations if you have a number of children and grandchildren. For value, they can be a relatively economical way of owning Half Sovereigns, as they can actually be cheaper than the brand-new Half Sovereign much of the time, despite their added numismatic value. If you intend to invest larger amounts, the Half Sovereign is ideal as part of that portfolio but is best combined with larger coins such as the Britannia to keep the average price per gram down.

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.