2005 Gold Sovereign
Gold bullion Sovereigns are possibly the most famous of all gold coins. The coins are highly sought-after by investors and collectors. The Sovereign was first minted in the 17th century and the contemporary gold Sovereign has been struck in Britain since 1817, and again from 1817-1917, 1925, 1957–59, 1962–68, 1974, 1976, 1978–82 and 2000–present. The Sovereign was removed from circulation during the First World War as British people were asked to surrender their Sovereigns for the war effort, the building up the Bank of England reserves and for the purposes of repaying international debt.
The first of the modern Sovereigns hosted a portrait of King George III and the 'St George and the Dragon' design by Benedetto Pistrucci, an Italian engraver who became Chief Medallist at The Royal Mint. This 2005 Sovereign coin hosts a portrait of HM The Queen, Elizabeth II. The current Monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II, is also the longest reigning of all time, overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria in 2015. The Queen's long reign has witnessed numerous major events, which include; the opening of the M1 - Britain's first motorway, Beatlemania, the abolishment of the death penalty, England's 1966 World Cup win, the launch of decimal currency, the election of the first female Prime Minister, the world's first test tube baby, the invention of the World Wide Web, the UK both joining and leaving the European Union (EU), and Barack Obama becoming the first black US President.
Buy a 2005 Gold Sovereign
This pre-owned 2005 gold bullion Sovereign is struck in 22 carat gold, weighs 7.98g and contains 7.32g of fine gold. The gold Sovereign is considered to be one of the world's oldest coins still in production and a pinnacle of minting excellence. Just 45,524 bullion Sovereign coins were minted for this 2005 issue.
The year 2005
Beyond the walls of The Royal Mint, 2005 saw; the largest concert since Live Aid in the Millennium Stadium raising £1.25m for tsunami victims, Tony Blair become the longest-serving Labour Prime Minister, the first black Archbishop is elected in York, Ellen McArthur attaining the 'solo around the world sailing' record, Clarence House announcing the Prince of Wales' marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles, the fox hunting ban is enforced, the New Forest becomes England's 12th National Park, and Doctor Who is revived for the first time since 1989. 2005 was as much a celebration as a sombre occasion. On 6th July, London was chosen to host the 2012 Olympic Games and the very next day, tragedy struck in a terrorist attack, which shook the capital. 2005 was a poignant year in history, now immortalised in coinage.
Description of the 2005 Gold Bullion Sovereign Coin
The Obverse (front, heads) presents Queen Elizabeth II's fourth portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley. Elizabeth II is captured in the Royal Diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary in 1947. Her Majesty also wore the crown at her 1953 Coronation ceremony.
The Reverse (back, tails) of the 2005 gold bullion Sovereign hosts a revised update by heraldic artist Timothy Noad to the signature 'St George and the Dragon' 1817 depiction by Benedetto Pistrucci. Noad has refreshed the existing depiction of the legendary tale by Benedetto Pistrucci, intertwining the anatomies of the horse and the dragon.
The coin includes the inscription, 'DEI GRA REGINA FID DEF', which translates to 'By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith'. The inscription refers to HM Queen Elizabeth II's position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, a role Her Majesty has held since her accession to the throne in 1952.
The 2005 gold bullion Sovereign coin may be supplied in an acrylic capsule. Ideal for marking a 16th birthday and other special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.
The Legend of St George and the Dragon
An ancient legend with a number of fabled stories associated with him, St George's legacy dates back to the 3rd century. The most familiar story recounts St George as a rescuer on horseback sent to save a young maiden or princess sacrificed to a dragon, which he slays. It is widely believed that the dragon in the mythical tale was slain at Uffington's Dragon Hill, a Bronze-age site just 20 miles from our premises. As the Patron Saint of England, St George celebrated on the 23rd April every year.
The Reverse depicts 'St George and his dragon', in an update by Timothy Noad to the classic design by Benedetto Pistrucci. The Obverse design of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II is the fourth portrait design, by Ian Rank-Broadley.
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