United Kingdom: Coin Type Half Sovereign (Decimal) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Type Half Sovereign (Decimal) (issued 1980 - )
Coin TypeHalf Sovereign (Decimal)

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.

Obverse

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend in Latin.

Obverse InscriptionLegend of the ruling British monarch
Reverse

Reverse Inscription
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

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

All Coins of Type: Half Sovereign (Decimal) (37)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Half Sovereign 1980 (Proof only) 76,700 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Half Sovereign 1982 2,519,090 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Half Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) 19,710 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Half Sovereign 1984 (Proof only) 12,410 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Half Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) 9,951 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1986 (Proof only) 4,575 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) 8,187 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) 7,074 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary 8,888 Seated on Throne, by Bernard Sindall ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1990 (Proof only) 4,231 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) 3,588 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) 3,783 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1993 (Proof only) 2,910 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1994 (Proof only) 5,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1995 (Proof only) 4,900 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) 5,730 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1997 (Proof only) 7,500 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) 6,147 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 1999 (Proof only) 7,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2000 154,280 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2001 99,359 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2002 71,347 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2003 52,686 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2004 39,370 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2005 35,310 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2006 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2007 77,442 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2008 77,465 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2009 56,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2010 257,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2011 57,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2012 254,894 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2013 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2014 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2015 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2016 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait unknown Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF
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Half Sovereign (Decimal): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
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)
From1980
Face Value1/2 (x Pound)
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000
Thickness (mm)0.9900
Mass (g)3.9900