A 1980 United Kingdom gold half sovereign coin of Queen Elizabeth II. This coin is in Mint State condition, with no wear, strong luster, and "proof" mirrored surfaces.
This coin features the iconic St. George and the Dragon design, used on almost all sovereigns and half sovereigns since 1817. St. George is generally considered to be a historical person, a soldier of the late Roman Empire. He achieved his sainthood through martyrdom, for refusing to renounce his Christian faith before the pagan Emperor Diocletian.
The story is this: a dragon decides to settle down at the base of a spring from which a city (traditionally Silene, in the Middle East) draws its water. In order to get the dragon out of the way, the citizens have to sacrifice a maiden to it. Each day, they draw straws to decide who is the unlucky woman. One day, it is the princess who is chosen. George conveniently happens to be riding through town, and defeats and slays the dragon, saving the princess and converting the citizens to Christianity. This legend was brought back to Europe by the Crusaders in the 12th or 13th century, and quickly grew in popularity. Eventually, St. George was declared the patron saint of England.
Specifications: The coin measures 19.3mm in diameter, weighs 4.0g, and is composed of .913 fine gold. The coin will be shipped in a archival-quality Mylar flip, secured in a corrugated cardboard safety mailer. This listing is for the exact coin pictured. Free shipping via USPS First Class - arrives in 2-5 business days.
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