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Great Britain Gold Sovereign – Varied Years

Great Britain Gold Sovereign – Varied Years

$455.86

The Gold Sovereign offers a sense of luxury, history and symbolism that no other bullion coin can match. With its bold St George and the Dragon design, it has become an internationally recognized symbol of unrivaled accuracy, integrity and strength. Each Gold Sovereign is struck to the same precise standard as every Sovereign since 1817.  Coins will be issued based on our current inventory and may contain kings, queens or both.

  • Contains .2354 oz actual Gold weight.
  • Dates are of our choosing and determined by stock on hand.
  • All coins will be in EF-AU Condition
  • Obverse: Depicts a King or Queen bust of the reigning monarch at the time the coin was struck.
  • Reverse: A rendition of St. George mounted on horseback slaying a dragon, designed by Benedetto Pistrucci.
  • Minted at the The Royal Mint and other Commonwealth Mints.

 

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Description

One of the oldest coins still produced today, The British Sovereign was first struck over 500 years ago in 1489, named to honor the king and has been a symbol of strength and prestige ever since. During the nineteenth century, the gold Sovereign was a recognized currency in more than 20 countries.

The tale of Saint George and the Dragon was brought back to Western Europe by returning crusaders. It would serve as inspiration when Pistrucci was commissioned by The Royal Mint to work on new designs as a reform of the coinage was undertaken in 1816, the government intervening to re-stabilize the currency after the Napoleonic Wars.

Pistrucci’s interest in St George had been aroused by Lady Spencer, to whom he had been introduced by Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society and friend of William Wellesley Pole, then Master of the Mint. Her Ladyship showed Pistrucci a wax model of Saint George and asked him to make another ‘in the Greek style’. Lady Spencer had no time for a figure dressed in gothic armour, an appealing sentiment to the Italian, whose favorite maxim was said to be ‘study Greek originals day and night’. Pistrucci’s iconic design first appeared on The Sovereign in 1817, instantly distinctive it became a classic and still endures 200+ years later.

A circulating coin, it was struck in 916.7 fine gold to withstand daily use and it is struck from that same durable, 22 karat gold today. Adorned by the renowned engraver Benedetto Pistrucci’s iconic Saint George and the dragon design, which has endured for 200 years.

Additional information

Weight 0.2354 oz
Metal

gold

Weight

.2354 oz

Product Type

Coin

Coin Year

Varies

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