History of the Gold Sovereign

1. 1871 Victoria Young Head Gold Sovereign

The 1871 Victoria Young Head Gold Sovereign is one of the oldest sovereigns that we stock. This coin was first minted in 1871 and features the young portrait of Queen Victoria on it's back. The front of the coin displays St George and his dragon on the back. This coin holds alot of value as it is dated from a long time ago. This coin carries a lot of historic significance.

2.       1873 Elizabeth II Young Head Gold Sovereign

The coin minted after the Victoria Young Head 1871 was the 1873 Elizabeth II Young Head Sovereign. This sovereign features St. George riding a horse and slaying a dragon on the obverse (front) and the young Elizabeth on the reverse. In this portrait the Queen is wearing the Laureate crown, also known as a laurel wreath. While her portrait was officially used from 1953 onwards, gold sovereigns began using this First Portrait of Elizabeth in 1957, with those coins having a finer milled edge than sovereigns produced from 1958 onwards.

3.  1887 Victoria Jubilee Head Gold Sovereign

The second Queen Victoria Gold Sovereign first appeared in her Jubilee year of 1887 and continued until 1893. It should therefore come as no surprise that this sovereign is commonly referred to as the 'Jubilee Head'. The reverse of the coin has the standard George and Dragon design.

4.  1902 King Edward VII Gold Sovereign 

The Gold Sovereign for Edward VII was minted from 1902 -1910. The obverse shows a portrait of Edward VII and the reverse depicts Benedetto Pistrucci's traditional design of Saint George slaying a Dragon. Sovereigns with the portrait of King Edward VII were minted for fewer years than those of George V or Elizabeth II, as he was king for only a brief period of time. He was crowned in 1902 and remained on the throne until his death in 1910. The Sovereigns are 22 carat and free from Capital Gains Tax

5.  1932 King George V Gold Sovereign

The 2018 Full Sovereign is a world renowned investment bullion coin. Featuring the 5th coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark, this fantastic coin is worth having in your collection. The reverse of the sovereign once again shows the classic St George slaying the dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci along with the date shown at the bottom. As with all Full Sovereigns, this coin is struck in 22ct, with a total weight of 7.98g and a pure gold content of 7.315g.

6.  1973 Isle Of Man Gold Sovereign

.Isle of Man Full Gold Sovereign features a reverse which is reminiscent of Benedetto Pistrucci's George and the Dragon design, as it appears to show a Manx warrior mounted on horseback, in a similar position to George, the year of the coin also features. The obverse depicts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

7.  1998 Elizabeth II Fourth Head Gold Sovereign

This Gold Sovereign features the fourth portrait for Queen Elizabeth II, formerly referred to as "the Old Head" but has now been superseded by a newer portrait. The portrait of Queen Elizabeth on the obverse of this coin has been used since 1998.  The newer portrait is now in use, from 2015 on some coins and 2016 on all coins - the newer portrait was used on a number of limited edition proof Sovereigns in 2015, but the majority of gold Sovereigns from 2015 will feature the fourth portrait.

Coins bearing the Queen's fourth portrait will show her wearing the Queen Mary button stud pearl earrings and the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara. The portrait image is the largest of Queen Elizabeth II's five portraits.

8.  2018 Elizabeth II Fifth Head Gold Sovereign

The coin bears the fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, aged 88 at the time of commission. It was designed by Jody Clark of the Royal Mint the first time one of their own staff had sculpted the portrait - and features the Queen in the King George IV State Diadem (worn during the annual State Opening of Parliament) and Diamond Jubilee drop pearl earrings.

In keeping with tradition, the obverse of the coin portrays St George on a horse slaying a dragon, and then the Queen appears on the reverse.

9.  2018 Gold Sovereign

The 2018 Full Sovereign is a world renowned investment bullion coin. Featuring the 5th coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark, this fantastic coin is worth having in your collection. The reverse of the sovereign once again shows the classic St George slaying the dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci along with the date shown at the bottom. As with all Full Sovereigns, this coin is struck in 22ct, with a total weight of 7.98g and a pure gold content of 7.315g.

10.  2019 Gold Sovereign

The brand new 2019 Gold Sovereign. The coin bears the fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, aged 88 at the time of commission. It was designed by Jody Clark of the Royal Mint - the first time one of their own staff had sculpted the portrait - and features the Queen in the King George IV State Diadem (worn during the annual State Opening of Parliament) and Diamond Jubilee drop pearl earrings. 

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