• 1989 Graded 500th Anniversary Half Sovereign PF-69 Obverse
  • 1989 Graded 500th Anniversary Half Sovereign PF-69 Reverse
  • 1989 Graded 500th Anniversary Half Sovereign PF-69 Obverse
  • 1989 Graded 500th Anniversary Half Sovereign PF-69 Reverse
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1989 Gold Half Sovereign '500th Anniversary of the Sovereign Coin' NGC PF-69

The 1989 Half Gold Sovereign '500th Anniversary of the Sovereign Coin' commemorates the five hundred years since the introduction of the first modern sovereign in 1489 under King Henry VII's reign.

These coins showcase the unique Coronation obverse and Tudor Rose reverse designs created by Bernard Sindall. Each coin has received a numismatic grade of PF-69 and earned the ULTRA-CAMEO designation, indicating the high degree of frost present on the design elements, as assessed by the NGC.

  • Manufactured by The Royal Mint
  • NGC Grade: PF-69
  • 22 Carat / 0.9167 fineness
  • Contains 0.1177 troy ounce of the precious metal
  • Exempt from Capital Gains Tax & VAT
  • Weight: 3.99g
  • Diameter: 19.3mm

See our 500th Anniversary of the Sovereign Collection.


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500th Anniversary of the Gold Sovereign

This sovereign features the first sovereign reverse redesign in Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

When the 1989 sovereigns were originally issued, they were not universally popular, and the Royal Mint failed to sell out of its entire issue limit. We believe this was because the coin was different, and many people expect and want the familiar St. George and Dragon design.

Also, the Mint has made one-off design sovereigns in 20022012, and 2017, all of which have been popular. These special issues may have contributed to the increased interest in the 1989.

Bernard Sindall

Bernard Sindall designed the reverse and obverse of this coin. The original sovereigns were intended to be used as a symbol of Britain's importance and wealth, to impress the rest of Europe. 


The obverse features a representation of Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation. She is seated facing on a throne and is holding the Sceptre with the Cross and the Rod with the Dove. The legend reads:



The reverse of the 1989 Elizabeth II half sovereign mirrors its 500-year-old original counterpart. The Royal Arms shield is surmounted by the royal crown, both images are superimposed upon a double Tudor rose. The inscription reads:



Weight / SizeHalf
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.118
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Mintage Figure21,824
Issue Limit8,888
Obverse DesignerBernard Sindall
Reverse DesignerBernard Sindall
Issuing Monarch Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

Gold investment products are VAT free. Silver investment products are inclusive of VAT at the current rate unless otherwise stated.

All investment products are based on the live precious metal price. Prices will be fixed once the item has been added to the basket and recalculates just before checking out. 

If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item, it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes; therefore, some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows.

Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 

Orders under £60

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Royal Mail 2nd Class. Your order will normally arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery starts from £3.50.

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For international delivery, please check with your local customs office for more information on custom duty and taxes.

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We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders under £1500 there is no additional fee.
  • Orders over £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

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