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2000 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign

2000 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign
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£550.00
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Millennium Sovereign from a limited presentation of just 9,909 pieces. This coin features Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, three years after it was introduced. The mature, tiara-wearing effigy of Elizabeth II was used between 1998 and 2015. Rank-Broadley’s initials - IRB - appears on the truncation of the Queen’s neck. This design is paired with a historic engraving, created for the first modern Sovereigns. It was created by an Italian artist named Benedetto Pistrucci and has been employed on a large number of Sovereigns and other denominations over the years. It’s a classic design, instantly recognisable to numismatists. You can appreciate both designs as the artist intended thanks to the fine proof finish. Intended for collectors, proof coins are struck multiple times with hand-prepared dies producing a sharp, high contrast appearance, rich with detail. In other respects this 2000 proof coin maintains the rigid specifications set down for British Sovereigns: it’s composed of 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold, has a diameter of 22.05 millimetres and a milled edge. It’s offered in its original case and capsule from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed.
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Struck in the millennium year, this gold proof Sovereign is from a presentation of less than 10,000 coins.

Sovereigns: A Brief History

The first Sovereigns were struck during the reign of Tudor king Henry VII. Centuries later, a new gold coin bearing this name was introduced, following a major overhaul of British coinage. This Sovereign, first minted in 1817, established specifications that are still strictly followed today.

All Sovereigns weight exactly 7.98 grams and are composed of 22 carat gold. That's a gold weight of 7.32 grams or .2354 troy ounces. Sovereigns measure 22.05 millimetres in diameter and have a nominal face value of one pound sterling though their gold content means they command significantly higher prices.

Sovereigns once circulated across the globe but production ceased with the outbreak of the First World War. Reintroduced in 1957, annual issues attract investors and collectors with limited edition proof Sovereigns - hand-finished for a flawless effect - the most sought-after.

Historic Obverse and Reverse

For much of its history the modern Sovereign has featured an iconic reverse design, crafted by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. His instantly-recognisable Saint George and the Dragon design shows England's patron saint mounted on a horse, slaying a dragon underfoot.

It's a powerful image that has become synonymous with the gold Sovereign. These coins don't carry their denomination on their face as part of their legend like most currency, so the Saint George motif is an easy identifier for many collectors. The coin's date appears below the dragon.

Pistrucci's reverse is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. In use between 1998 and 2015, this fourth official effigy shows a greater degree of realism than its idealised predecessors. Broadley's initials - IRB - appear below the truncation of Elizabeth II's neck.

Original Box and Certificate

While bullion Sovereigns are minted in significant numbers by The Royal Mint each year, only a small number of proof coins are offered. Intended for collectors, proof coins have a high-definition, high-contrast finish, achieved with multiple strikes of hand-prepared dies. The finish is preserved by the original black velvet presentation box that this coin comes in. Also included: a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Only 9,909 proof Sovereigns were offered by The Royal Mint in 2000, not including those in sets.

If you're interested in buying Sovereigns you might want to consider our best value, mixed-year gold Sovereigns which make a great investment.

Like all Sovereigns, this 2000 example is exempt from Capital Gains Tax as UK legal tender and free from VAT in the UK and EU as investment grade gold.

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