The Half-Sovereign 1982

In this year, the United Kingdom celebrated as Prince William was born, 1982 was an eventful year, the Mary Rose was raised from the depths of the sea and the Falklands war was fought and won. What memories does 1982 hold for you? Mark this special date with an original Half-Sovereign struck in 1982, bearing the classic St George and the dragon on its reverse and an early portrait of The Queen by Arnold Machin RA on its obverse. This authentic coin makes a great gift or addition to any collection.

Historic treasures from the home of The Sovereign

Although the switch to decimalisation did not happen until 1971, decimal coins entered circulation before then. The 5p and 10p pieces were introduced in 1968 to replace the existing shillings and florins. They were the same size and value as the pre-decimal coins, so were able to circulate together until ‘D-Day’ in 1971. It was a useful first step in preparing the public for what was to come.

To help the new coins stand out from the older currency, a new portrait of The Queen was commissioned. Designed by Arnold Machin RA, the new portrait showed The Queen wearing a tiara instead of a wreath. The tiara had been given to The Queen by her grandmother, Queen Mary. Like Mary Gillick before him, Machin avoided using a ‘couped’ portrait – cut off by the neck – which had been the norm on coins issued earlier in the century.

Interestingly, a modified version of Machin’s portrait has appeared on British postage stamps since 1967, which means it is probably the most reproduced image in history.

Specification

The Half-Sovereign 1982

Specification Value
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 3.99 g
Diameter 19.30mm
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Obverse Designer Arnold Machin RA
Specification Value
Quality Proof
Year 1982
Pure Metal Type Gold
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