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Half Sovereigns

1 April 2020

PLEASE NOTE that we ONLY sell gold that we PHYSICALLY have in stock. Our position is changing all the time, so you will need to call us for up-to-date availability. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer wholesale deals to the trade - strictly retail only. We have Krugerrands and Sovereigns available for immediate delivery.

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Our POSTAL service remains FULLY operational.

In-line with UK Government instruction, our counter service is now CLOSED until further notice. If you have recently purchased bullion from us, we will be in-touch to offer you the option of UK vaulted storage until such time you're able to collect it, or shipping to you via Special Delivery. Please DO NOT try to collect it.

If you are selling scrap gold, silver or gold bullion, our postal service remains operational for sales of standard scrap, bullion and coins. We are unable to offer a 'melt & assay' service until further notice. Advice from Public Health England confirms that Coronavirus does not survive for long on parcels and packaging, therefore our online service will continue to operate. We can also confirm that Royal Mail has extensive contingency planning in place to ensure their delivery network remains operational. You can read their statement here.

Purity Weight (g) Fineness Min. Gold Content (g) Price £
Half Sovereign 3.99 .9166 3.657 144.32

Gold SovereignsThe modern gold British Half Sovereign is crafted from a 22 carat gold alloy, measures 19.30 millimeters in diameter and weighs in at 3.994 grams. 3.7 grams of pure gold go into the manufacture of each gold British Half Sovereign.

The British Half Sovereign was first introduced to U.K. coinage in 1544, during the reign of Henry VIII but it was discontinued in 1604 until the coin was reintroduced in 1817, as the British government went through a restructuring period for their coinage systems. The British Half Sovereign then continued to be regularly produced until the year 1926, when it ceased annual production with the exception of special commemorative issues in coronation years until 1980.

In the years following 1980, the British Half Sovereign coin has been released each year as a limited edition collectors coin.

Interesting British Half Sovereign Trivia:

One of the best known anecdotes related to the British Half Sovereign coin is that of the British Civil Engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who, in 1843, was attempting to amuse children with a magic trick and inhaled the small coin. Numerous ineffective attempts were made to remove the coin which was lodged in the gentleman's windpipe, including the use of specially made forceps and a machine that Brunel invented to shake the coin loose.

While these attempts were all met with failure, Brunel eventually managed to get the coin out, though there is debate over exactly how this happened. One story tells that the would-be magician simply coughed the coin up but another version suggests that his father suggested he be bound to a plank and inverted, allowing the coin to be freed.

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