1963 Gold Sovereign
Gold bullion Sovereigns are possibly the most famous of all gold coins, and a popular choice for both collectors and investors. The Sovereign is frequently known as 'The Chief Coin of the World' owing to the coin's international trading in the 1800s and 1900s. The modern gold Sovereign was first minted in Britain from 1817 until 1917, and then in 1925, 1957–59, 1962–68, 1974, 1976, 1978–82 and 2000 to the present day. Modern gold bullion Sovereign production was paused after 1982 up until the year 2000, although Proof versions were still issued.
The first of the modern Sovereigns hosted a portrait of King George III and the 'St George and the Dragon' design by Benedetto Pistrucci. Pistrucci was an Italian engraver who became Chief Medallist at The Royal Mint. This 1963 Sovereign coin hosts a portrait of the longest reigning British monarch of all time, HM The Queen, Elizabeth II.
Buy a 1963 Gold Sovereign
- This pre-owned 1963 gold bullion Sovereign is struck in 22 carat gold, weighs 7.98g and contains 7.32g of fine gold.
- A mintage of 7.4 million bullion coins were produced at The Royal Mint for the year 1963.
- The gold Sovereign is considered to be one of the world's oldest coins still in production and a pinnacle of minting excellence.
- The perfect gift to mark a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or wedding.
The year 1963
'I have a dream', cried Martin Luther King Jr to over 250,000 people marching for black civil rights in Washington D.C in the summer of 1963. The year 1963 was also characterised by; US President J F R Kennedy's 'I am a Berlinger' speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and later his assassination back home in Texas, the Profumo Affair in Britain, The Great Train Robbery, The Beatles hitting the music scene with their debut album 'Please Please Me', Russia, the US and the UK agreeing to a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the end of UK National Service, Ford beginning production of the Ford Anglia, Sir Alec Douglas-Home elected British Prime Minister, The National Theatre's first show 'Hamlet' under artistic direction of Laurence Olivier, BBC broadcasting the first episode of 'Doctor Who' and the release of the new lava lamp. 1963 was a poignant year in history, now immortalised in coinage.
The 1963 Gold Bullion Sovereign Coin
The Obverse (front, heads) presents Queen Elizabeth II's first portrait by Mary Gillick. The first Portrait of Elizabeth II was issued on British coinage in 1953, the year of Her Majesty's Coronation. The image hosts a youthful and uncrowned Queen. Gillick competed against 16 artists for the honour of designing the first Portrait of Elizabeth II. Her design stood out for its absence of a crown and The Queen's 'approachable' depiction.
The Reverse (back, tails) of the 1963 gold bullion Sovereign hosts the signature 1817 'St George and the Dragon' design by Benedetto Pistrucci. In the 19th century, talented Italian engraver Pistrucci was instructed to develop designs for George III's silver and gold coins by William Wellesley-Pole, The Master of The Mint and the Waterloo Medal for the British Government, a commission which took the artist 30 years to create.
The coin includes the inscription, 'DEI GRA REGINA FID DEF', which translates to 'By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith'. The inscription refers to HM Queen Elizabeth II's position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Elizabeth II has held the role since her accession to the throne in 1952.
No Proof version of the 1963 gold Sovereign was issued. This 1963 bullion coin may be supplied in an acrylic capsule.
St George and the Dragon
The ancient legend of 'St George and the dragon' dates back to the reign of William of Malmesbury, during the third century, where inspiration for the story was drawn from a Roman soldier who refused to give up his Christian faith. There are many fabled stories associated with St George, the majority of which honour him as a brave hero with English ideals and a symbol of Christianity. The most well-known tale sees St George as a heroic rescuer on horseback sent to rescue a young maiden or princess sacrificed to a dragon, which he slays to save her life. It is widely believed that the dragon was slain at Uffington's Dragon Hill, a Bronze-age site just 20 miles from our premises. Since 1222, St George has been celebrated on the 23rd April every year in England, the country of which the legend is the patron saint.
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