2004 Full Gold Bullion Sovereign
Highly graded 2004 bullion Sovereigns to add to your gold collection.
The Chief Coin of the World
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, 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 - 2004 - 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.
30,688 bullion Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in 2004 making this a low mintage year.
High Grade Bullion Sovereigns
Your 2004 Sovereign is hand selected from our best gold bullion stock by our expert staff. Every 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.
There's a few alternate options to consider if you're thinking about buying a 2004 Sovereign:
- The limited edition 2004 proof Sovereign: highly collectible as only 10,175 were individually issued
- 2004 bullion Half Sovereigns: exactly half the weight of 22 carat gold as a full Sovereign
- Undated bullion Sovereigns from our best value range: if you're not looking for a specific year
All Sovereigns, including the 2004 issue 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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