In 2016 the Royal mint issued this special half Gold Sovereign
to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen 90th Birthday.
This latest portrait was designed by James Butler, shown on the obverse.
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 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.
The iconic image of St George and dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci
is recognised worldwide
Every year a judicial ceremony called
‘The Trial of Pyx’ meets as it has done for over 700 hundred year.
At the ‘trial’ an independent panel sworn in by HM Queen
ascertains whether the coins made by the Royal Mint
are the correct weight, diameter and composition of the coins.
As required by law.
DENOMINATION: HALF SOVEREIGN
METAL: 22 CARAT GOLD
WEIGHT: 3.99 GRAMS
DIAMETER: 19.30 MM