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2003 Full Gold Bullion Sovereign

(VAT Exempt)
Our 2003 gold Sovereigns are hand selected from our top-grade bullion stock. You will receive only Sovereigns graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or better when you purchase our individual date coins. Extremely Fine coins have limited signs of wear, making them the ideal choice if you’re buying a gift. 2003 Sovereigns pair Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen with Benedetto Pistrucci’s Saint George and the Dragon. Bullion Sovereigns issued in this year: 43,230. 22 carat/916.7 fineness, 7.98 grams, 22.05 millimetres diameter. Capital Gains Tax exempt and VAT free. Insured UK delivery included.
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Top quality 2003 gold Sovereigns to add to your stack.

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.

Saint George and the Dragon

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 or realism than its idealised predecessors. Broadley's initials - IRB - appear below the truncation of Elizabeth II's neck.

Only 43,230 of these gold bullion Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in 2003.

High Grade Bullion Sovereigns

We'll select your 2003 Sovereign from our best bullion 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 if you’re buying these gold coins as gifts.

You have a range of options if you're considering a 2003 Sovereigns:

  • Limited edition gold proof 2003 Sovereigns boast a flawless appearance, achieved with multiple strikes from hand-finished dies and are favoured by collectors
  • Our top-quality bullion 2003 Half Sovereigns offer exactly half the amount of gold of a 'full' Sovereign and a comparably reduced price
  • 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 - are your best choice

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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