Every coin in The Sovereign 2014 Collection is a coin of distinction, struck in 22 carat gold and bearing one of the most admired designs in the world: the famous St George and the dragon that has appeared on The Sovereign for almost 200 years. The Half-Sovereign 2014 is a wonderful example of a golden classic, available direct from The Royal Mint, home to Britain’s coins for more than 1,000 years, and perfected with our signature Proof finish.
The Sovereign has been Britain’s flagship gold coin for more than 500 years, a gold pound coin, the coin most closely associated with the monarch. The Half-Sovereign was introduced in the reign of Henry VIII and, in the time of Queen Victoria, the The Half-Sovereign, trusted and admired, circulated more widely than The Sovereign. For The Sovereign 2014 Collection we look back one century to 1914, when Britain’s circulating gold coinage was in its prime, when The Half-Sovereign in a pocket or on a specially designed watch-chain would have been a source of great pride, a special coin indeed.
The Half-Sovereign 2014 is struck to Proof standard – carefully polished to achieve a mirror-like finish with delicate frosting – and presented in a wooden case. A numbered Certificate of Authenticity confirms your coin’s pedigree and its strict issue limit – only 2,000 will be available individually – and an informative booklet takes you on a journey to 1914, to a time remembered for its elegance, to The Sovereign’s golden age.
In 1914 The Half-Sovereigns was struck in 22 carat gold. It featured the famous St George and the dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci, admired and recognised the world over, and bore the portrait of King George V, founder of the Windsor dynasty. Today, very little has changed, The Half-Sovereign is still struck in warm, gleaming 22 carat gold, still carries Pistrucci’s masterpiece of St George. It is paired with the coinage portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, granddaughter of George V. The Windsor dynasty and the story of The Sovereign endure.
Whether you are looking for a golden gift to remember a special occasion in 2014, or you wish to add The Half-Sovereign to a collection, this beautiful Proof edition – one of only 2,000 of The Half-Sovereign 2014 to be available individually – will enchant for generations to come.