The Royal mint issued this special 2001 Gold Proof Half Sovereign
The history of the sovereign, can be traced back to the fifteenth century,
four years after the Battle of Bosworth.
This decisive battle of the War of the Roses.
The new Tudor King Henry VII celebrated the stability of his realm with
‘A new Coin of Gold’
The Sovereign was named to honour the king.
The Sovereign was seen as a statement of wealth and strength.
Of the new Tudor dynasty the defining feature of this magnificent coin
was a portrait of England’s monarch.
Since then the iconic image of St George (Patron Saint of England) and dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci
is recognised worldwide.
This Sovereign has been finished to proof standard, and the stunning image of St George and the dragon
is shown, in all it’s beauty.
In 1282, the coins struck by the Royal Mint were independently
and rigorously checked to determine their quality and fineness, it is known
as the Trial of the Pyx and today over 700 years later, it still takes place.
Every year an independent jury, sworn in by the Queen’s Remembrancer,
ascertains whether the coins made by the Royal Mint are of the correct weight,
diameter and composition required by law.
This means you can rest assured that the coin or coins in your possession are of the highest quality.
This half Gold Sovereign comes complete with numbered Certificate of Authenticity
and box and housed in a cardboard outer and sealed in original Royal Mint Packaging
METAL: 22 CARAT GOLD
WEIGHT: 3.99 GRAMS
DIAMETER: 19.30 MM