2004 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign
Fourth bust proof 2004 Sovereigns, available now in limited numbers.
Two Centuries of Sovereigns
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.
In 2004 only 10,175 gold proof Sovereigns were struck at The Royal Mint.
Pistrucci's Saint George
For much of its long history the modern Sovereign has featured an iconic reverse design, crafted by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. His instantly-recognisable Saint George design shows England's patron saint mounted on a horse, slaying a dragon which cowers 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.
A Limited Edition Collectible
Your 2004 proof Sovereign comes in its original packaging from The Royal Mint. This consists of an attractive, velvet lined presentation box in which the coin is situated inside a capsule. Also included: a numbered certificate of authenticity, confirming the specifications of this collectors piece.
If you’re considering investing in a 2004 proof Sovereign there are a few alternate options to consider:
- We also offer bullion 2004 Sovereigns, graded about Extremely Fine or better: this is a great way to collect the date without the premium price of a proof finish
- 2004 gold Half Sovereigns are a great way of commemorating an important year in gold for half the price of a full Sovereign
- Our best value Sovereigns from our choice of year in good to fine condition are the economical choice if you’re just looking to buy gold coins
All Sovereigns, including those issued in 2004, 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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