Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinHalf Sovereign 1998 (Proof only)

The sovereign is a gold coin of the United Kingdom, with a nominal value of one pound sterling. Struck from 1817 until the present time, it was originally a circulating coin (see pre-decimal Sovereign) accepted in Britain and elsewhere in the world; it is now a bullion coin not intended for circulation, the intrinsic value of which is much higher than its face value.

In most recent years, it has borne on the reverse Benedetto Pistrucci's design of Saint George and the Dragon, created in 1817.

The Royal Mint issues several denominations of the Sovereign: Five Sovereigns (Quintuple Sovereign, five pounds gold), Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign and Quarter Sovereign; the half sovereign is a continuation of the pre-decimal half sovereign, and has been issued as a decimal coin since 1980.

The designs of all denominations are identical, as - according to tradition - this type of coin has never had its value and denomination spelled out anywhere on the coin. The various denominations are only distinguished by size and weight, these being exactly in proportion to their face value. Since 1817, the composition has always been 22 carat (91.7%) gold.

Proof FDC only this year.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage6,147
Obverse
United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Reverse
United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) - reverse photo

The reverse depicts, within a beaded border, an illustration of the legend of St George as the slayer of the dragon.

St George is on horseback, advancing to right, wearing a helmet and chlamys (cape, or cloak) fastened in front by a fibula, and holding a sword. His left hand clutches the rein of the horse's bridle, and he does not wear armour, other than on his lower legs and feet, with his toes bare. The saint's horse appears to be half attacking, half shrinking from the dragon, which lies wounded by George's spear and in the throes of death. The point of a spear is broken off in the dragon’s side; the shaft lays on the ground behind the horse.

In exergue, the date: 1998.

Below the exergue line at right are the artist's initials B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci).

Reverse Inscription 1998
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
The 1998 United Kingdom Gold Proof Four Coin Sovereign Collection, mintage 789
4 coins: Five Sovereigns, Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign
The 1998 United Kingdom Gold Proof Three Coin Sovereign Collection, mintage 560
3 coins: Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign
Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only): References to Information Used
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Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage
All (43) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Half Sovereign (Decimal)
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 21,824 Seated on Throne, by Bernard Sindall ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
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) 9,403 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 Golden Jubilee 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 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2008 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2009 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2010 21,855 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2011 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee 4,440 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2013 2,914 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2014 2,039 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 2,204 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2015 (Fifth Portrait, Proof only) 348 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2016 (Fifth Portrait) 472 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait 1,995 Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2017 (Bullion) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2017 Garter 4,648 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Half Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee 5,100 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2019 (Proof only) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2020 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
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Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeHalf Sovereign, St George (Decimal)
Issued1998
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
ReverseSt George the Dragon-Slayer
Face Value1/2 (x Pound)
Total Mintage6,147
CurrentYes
Material0.917 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)19.3000
Thickness (mm)0.9900
Mass (g)3.9940
OCC IDYMXK-DOKQ-CQPZ-OWQJ
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Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomSB4 (was 4440)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1001