2005 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Full Sovereign Saint George
Top quality 2005 bullion Sovereigns featuring a unique reverse design by Timothy Noad.
The Story of the Sovereign
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.
Timothy Noad'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.
For 2005 Sovereigns, this historic motif was replaced with a very different Saint George, crafted by heraldic artist Timothy Noad. His design centres on a crusader shield with Saint George's Cross, which protects a sword-wielding Saint, about to strike a winged dragon. It's an action-packed, dynamic image.
Noad's reverse is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley's depiction 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 Elizabeth II’s portrait.
45,542 of these gold bullion Sovereigns were offered by The Royal Mint in 2005.
High Grade Gold Sovereigns
Your 2005 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.
Theres a few different options if you're pondering a 2005 bullion Sovereigns:
- The same Timothy Noad St George reverse also features on 2005 gold proof Sovereigns which are distinguished by a flawless finish
- The 2005 proof Sovereign is also available in a four-coin set which also includes a Half Sovereign, Double Sovereign and a Quintuple Sovereign
- 2012 Sovereigns also feature an alternate, Saint George-inspired reverse design, crafted by Paul Day
- Our mixed year, best value bullion Sovereigns are your best choice if you're not looking for a specific date
All Sovereigns, including the 2005 Sovereign 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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