Half Sovereign 2021, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Half Sovereign 2021, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinHalf Sovereign 2021

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.

The coins were issued as bullion (in Brilliant Uncirculated grade) or Proof FDC - individually boxed or in sets; proofs were released in November 2020.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 2021 - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: 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 2021 - 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: 2021.

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

On proofs, in the left field of the exergue, a privy mark in the form of a small crown, in which the number 95 is inscribed, to celebrate the 95th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

Reverse Inscription 2021
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Half Sovereign 2021: Known varieties
Variety In blister card
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

The Royal Mint says about it:
The half Sovereign is prized as much for its design as its liquidity. For the first time, limited numbers of the 2021 bullion half Sovereign are available in blister packs. Sealed straight from the press to preserve their pristine condition, The half Sovereign is a cornerstone piece for any coin collection.

A clear, removable film is included on the packaging to protect the blister while in transit. It can be removed once the product has been received, without affecting the original value.

Royal Mint Product Code: UKB21HSMBO

Variety Proof FDC, 95 Years Privy Mark
Images United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 2021 / Proof FDC, 95 Years Privy Mark - obverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 2021 / Proof FDC, 95 Years Privy Mark - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

In sets.

In Sets The Sovereign 2021 Five-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage unknown
5 coins: Five Sovereigns, Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign, Quarter Sovereign

The Sovereign 2021 Four-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage unknown
4 coins: Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign, Quarter Sovereign

The Sovereign 2021 Three-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage unknown
3 coins: Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign, Quarter Sovereign
Variety Boxed Proof FDC, 95 Years Privy Mark
Images United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 2021 / Boxed Proof FDC, 95 Years Privy Mark - obverse photo United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 2021 / Boxed Proof FDC, 95 Years Privy Mark - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 1,500
Details

Individually boxed. Royal Mint Product Code SVH21. Edition limit 1,500, issue price £315.00.

All (44) coins of type: Half Sovereign (Decimal)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Half Sovereign 1980 (Proof only) 76,700 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Half Sovereign 1982 2,519,090 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Half Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) 19,710 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Half Sovereign 1984 (Proof only) 12,410 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Half Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) 9,951 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1986 (Proof only) 4,575 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) 8,187 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) 7,074 Queen Elizabeth II - 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 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) 3,588 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) 3,783 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1993 (Proof only) 2,910 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1994 (Proof only) 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1995 (Proof only) 4,900 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) 5,730 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1997 (Proof only) 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) 6,147 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 1999 (Proof only) 9,403 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2000 154,280 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2001 99,359 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2002 Golden Jubilee 71,347 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2003 52,686 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2004 39,370 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2005 35,310 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2006 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2007 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2008 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2009 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2010 21,855 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2011 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee 4,440 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2013 2,914 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2014 2,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 2,204 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2015 (Fifth Portrait, Proof only) 348 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2016 (Fifth Portrait) 472 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait 1,995 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF
Half Sovereign 2017 (Bullion) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2017 Garter 4,648 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Half Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee 4,273 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2019 (Proof only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2020 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Half Sovereign 2021 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
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Half Sovereign 2021: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeHalf Sovereign, St George (Decimal)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
ReverseSt George the Dragon-Slayer
Face Value1/2 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.917 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.300 mm
Thickness0.990 mm
Mass3.994 g
OCC IDPMVR-EAPC-ARNK-ONQG
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The Half-Sovereign 2021
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