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2017 Gold Proof Half Sovereigns - 200th Anniversary Design

The 2017 gold proof half sovereigns were released in November, 2016. We received our first delivery on 11th November, 2016.

Proof Half Sovereign

When compared to the Royal Mint price of £245.00 you will make a saving of £245.00 per item when ordering from us.

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200th Anniversary of the First Modern Sovereign

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first modern sovereign, the Royal Mint have remastered the original St George and the Dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci. This will feature only on the proof version of the coin.

Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense

The garter inscription on the St. George and the Dragon reverse reads "Honi soit qui mal y pense", which is French for "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it". This is the motto of the Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry in the UK. Find out more on our Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense page.


The fifth coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, by Jody Clark appears on the obverse of the coin. It is the first time since 1887 that the date has been featured on the obverse of the sovereign.  


A special, remastered version of Benedetto Pistrucci's St George and the Dragon design features on the reverse of the coin. The Royal Mint crafted the tools for the design from the 1817 original.

Proof Sovereigns

We are usually able to offer proof half sovereigns at a discount compared with The Royal Mint (and many of our competitors). In recent years the trade discount price has reduced. If The Royal Mint continue to drop their prices to amounts equal to, or lower than the trade prices, we may need to stop stocking Royal Mint products, as there will be no need to and customers may as well go directly to The Mint. If this happens, The Royal Mint will no longer have any competition and with a complete monopoly over the market, will be able to increase their prices to over-inflated amounts once more, with no option for customers to purchase from elsewhere.

Half Sovereign Specifications

Denomination Diameter Weight AGW* Description
Half Sovereign (Fifty Pence) 19.30 3.99 0.1177 St George & Dragon


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See Also

2017 Quarter Sovereigns

2017 Proof Sovereigns

2017 Three Coin Premium Sovereign Set

2017 Five Coin Sovereign Set

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Postage & Packing

UK at Buyer's Risk £3.50 per order, or...
UK Fully Insured £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail at Buyer's Risk $10 US, or...
USA Insured Shipping $20 US
Canada Airmail at Buyer's Risk $15 Can, or...
Canada Insured Shipping via Fedex $40 Can

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2017 proof half Sovereign Reverse featuring the border text Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense

2017 Gold Proof Half Sovereign Reverse

2017 proof half sovereign obverse

2017 Gold Proof Half Sovereign Obverse

2017 proof half sovereign in presentation box

2017 Gold Proof Half Sovereign In Presentation Box

2017 proof sovereign in presentation box

2017 Gold Proof Sovereign In Outer Box

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