1980 Gold Half Sovereigns were the first of Elizabeth II sovereign to be issued, and were only issued in proof. Proofs are specially struck coins, with highly polished mirror finished background, and the raised design in contrasting matt finish. They are issued as limited editions, and are more expensive than the uncirculated version. The reverse design depicts the classic portrayal by Benedetto Pistrucci’s of St George on horseback slaying the dragon. The engraver's initials 'BP' can be found on the base under the right rear hoof of the horse. The obverse depicts the renowned Arnold Machin portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 1980 proof half sovereigns are contained in a plastic capsule within a Royal Mint leatherette wallet, and certificate. GRADE: FDC.