Gold Half Sovereigns


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What is a Gold Half Sovereign?

The gold half sovereign is a British gold coin with a face value of fifty pence (50p). Since 1817, the half sovereign has been made of 22 carat gold, with a weight of 3.99 grams. The coin has a diameter of 19.30mm, and contains 0.1177 troy ounces of fine gold. It is widely used as a gold bullion coin, and popular amongst gold investors in the UK due to it’s Capital Gains Tax status (CGT free).

Half Sovereign

Reverse – St George and the Dragon  

Half Sovereign

Obverse – King George V

How much is my Gold Half Sovereign worth?

The majority of half sovereigns are very common, as millions have been produced each year. There are some very rare half sovereign dates, mint marks and varieties. We would be more than happy to tell you if your gold half sovereign is a special example. Feel free to give us a call, or e-mail us with details of your coins.

Urban Myth

There has always been an urban myth that a half sovereign is worth a great deal more than just ‘half a sovereign’. This is incorrect. Unless the coin is of numismatic value, for example, a rare date or mint mark, it is worth half the value of a full sovereign.

Where can I sell my Gold Half Sovereign?

M J Hughes Coins would be very interested in buying your half sovereign (s). We are happy to purchase a single coin, or an entire collection. Please take a look at our half sovereign price chart below for current buying prices. If you are unsure, please feel free to give us a call for a no obligation offer.

Gold Price (£/Troy Ounce) Price We Pay
£1500 £171.50
£1510 £172.50
£1520 £173.50
£1530 £175.00
£1540 £176.00
£1550 £177.00
£1560 £178.50
£1570 £179.50
£1580 £180.50
£1590 £181.50
£1600 £183.00

*If you have a large quantity of half sovereigns for sale, we maybe able to offer a slightly higher price per coin.

The gold price is constantly changing, prices can go up and down. If you would like to sell to us, we offer the option of ‘fixing’ in the price. This way, you know exactly what you are getting!

How to sell to us

Selling to us is easy! We are based in Alton, Hampshire, where we have a tow centre shop. You are more than welcome to visit us with your coins. Alternatively, you can post to us via Royal Mail Special delivery. We can offer a number of different payment methods – Cash, bank transfer or cheque.

If you are looking to purchase gold half sovereigns, please see our half sovereign selling pages.