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Coin type: Half Sovereign (Decimal)
Description

On 15 February 1971, known as Decimal Day, the United Kingdom decimalised its currency. While gold half sovereign coins continued to be produced exactly as before, they were now legally equal to half Pound Sterling of the new, decimal currency; so, technically speaking, a post-1971 gold half sovereign (while identical in any other respect but the date to its predecessors) is a new type of coin.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type of Sub-types Half Sovereign (Decimal, St George)
Half Sovereign (Decimal, 500th Anniversary)
Half Sovereign (Decimal, Shield)
Half Sovereign (Decimal, St George with sword)
Half Sovereign (Decimal, St George Spearing Dragon Head)
Face value1/2 (x Pound)
Years produced1980 - ? CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000 Thickness (mm)0.9900
Mass (g)3.9900
Obverse

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend in Latin.

Obverse inscription

Legend of the ruling British monarch

Reverse

Reverse inscription

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

If you keep your coins in 2x2 cardboard holders, the best size for half sovereign coins is 20mm.

List of 37 coins of type: Half Sovereign (Decimal) from United Kingdom
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Half Sovereign 1980 (Proof only) 76,700 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Half Sovereign 1982 2,519,090 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Half Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) 19,710 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Half Sovereign 1984 (Proof only) 12,410 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Half Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) 9,951 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1986 (Proof only) 4,575 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) 8,187 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) 7,074 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary 8,888 Queen Elizabeth II Seated on Throne, by Bernard Sindall ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1990 (Proof only) 4,231 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) 3,588 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) 3,783 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1993 (Proof only) 2,910 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1994 (Proof only) 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1995 (Proof only) 4,900 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) 5,730 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1997 (Proof only) 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) 6,147 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 1999 (Proof only) 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2000 154,280 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2001 99,359 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2002 71,347 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2003 52,686 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2004 39,370 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2005 35,310 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2006 unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2007 77,442 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2008 77,465 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2009 56,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2010 257,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2011 57,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2012 254,894 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2013 unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2014 unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2015 unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2016 unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign (Decimal): Some useful external links
Royal Mint: The Sovereign Reverse Designs