1994 Gold Proof Double Sovereign Bank of England Error
A 1994 gold proof Bank of England tercentenary Double Sovereign, struck with the wrong obverse.
The Double Sovereign
The Double Sovereign was first minted in 1820, a few years after the first modern gold Sovereigns were issued. Composed of the same 22 carat gold but twice the weight, these large gold coins rarely circulated. They were often struck as proofs to celebrate royal coronations.
A precursor to the Two Pound coin, Double Sovereigns have a similar diameter (28.40 millimetres) but are composed of 15.976 grams of 22 carat gold. They have been part of The Royal Mint's annual proof offer in most years since 1980 with bullion Double Sovereigns introduced in 2020.
A Collectible Mule Coin
Most Double Sovereigns feature Benedetto Pistrucci's timeless Saint George motif on their reverse. This gold coin is a rare exception, showing a design by Leslie Durbin, based on the original Britannia seal of the Bank of England, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 1994.
It’s the obverse that makes this Double Sovereign so sought-after. The legend surrounding Raphael Maklouf's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen should include the Two Pound face value of the coin but on this and a small number of other examples the denomination is not included. The effigy on these error coins is also comparatively larger.
Limited Edition Presentation
The Royal Mint only issued 1,000 individual 1994 Double Sovereigns with a further 2,500 authorised for proof sets. It’s unknown how many muled examples were released but we're proud to offer a rare example.
This Double Sovereign is offered in its original packaging from The Royal Mint, sealed inside its capsule to ensure that the flawless proof finish remains pristine. A numbered certificate of authenticity is also included.
A key addition to any collection of modern proof Sovereigns, this mule coin won't stay in stock for long.
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