2002 Full Gold Bullion Sovereign : Golden Jubilee
Gold 2002 Sovereigns feature a historic shield reverse, inspired by the coinage of Queen Victoria.
The Chief Coin of the World
The first Sovereigns were struck during the reign of Tudor king Henry VIII. 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, a symbol of the British Empire, trusted to contain a known quantity of gold. Regular production ceased with the First World War, only resuming in 1957. Today, Sovereigns are offered annually in a range of sets and finishes for collectors and investors.
Golden Jubilee Reverse
Most Sovereigns feature an instantly-recognisable image of Saint George, slaying a dragon: a design crafted by Italian artist, Benedetto Pistrucci, for the first modern Sovereigns.
2002 Sovereigns mark a rare departure and instead feature a design inspired by the royal arms. Shield reverses like these were last used on gold Sovereigns during the reign of Queen Victoria though the arms on 2002 Sovereigns are those of Victoria's great-great granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
The special design of 2002 Sovereigns was part of the official celebrations held for Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee. It was an appropriate way to mark 50 years on the throne, connecting one British monarch to her remarkable ancestor, who celebrated her own Golden Jubilee in 1887.
75,264 of these 2002 bullion gold Half Sovereigns were issued, the royal arms reverse making them especially collectible.
Top Quality Bullion Sovereigns
Your 2002 Sovereign will be carefully selected from our best stock. Each example is graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or above. Extremely Fine Sovereigns carry very limited signs of wear and as such make a great choice when buying these gold coins as gifts.
You have a range of alternative choices if you’re considering a 2002 Sovereign:
- 2002 Gold Proof Sovereigns are favoured by collectors and are characterised by a flawless appearance, achieved with multiple strikes and hand-finished dies
- If you're not worried about the year and are looking to invest in gold then our best value Sovereigns, offered in good to fine condition, represent our top price
All Sovereigns are 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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