2006 Gold Sovereign
Gold bullion Sovereigns are possibly the most famous of all gold coins and are highly sought-after by collectors and investors alike. The Sovereign was first minted in the 17th century and the contemporary gold Sovereign has been minted in Britain since 1817. Issues of the modern Sovereign were struck from 1817-1917, 1925, 1957–59, 1962–68, 1974, 1976, 1978–82 and 2000 to the present day. Modern gold bullion Sovereign production was paused after 1982 up until the year 2000, although Proof versions were still issued.
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.
Over 70 Years of Reign
This 2006 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 in Britain, 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
- 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)
- Barack Obama becoming the first black US President
Buy a 2006 Gold Sovereign
- This pre-owned 2006 gold bullion Sovereign is struck in 22 carat gold, weighs 7.98g and contains 7.32g of fine gold.
- A mintage of just 75,000 bullion Sovereign coins were produced at The Royal Mint for the year 2006.
- Ideal for celebrating a Crystal wedding anniversary (15 years) or a quinceañera.
- The gold Sovereign is considered to be one of the world's oldest coins still in production and a pinnacle of minting excellence.
The year 2006
The year 2006 witnessed; a new 'social network' website called Facebook open access up beyond universities to anyone aged 13 or over with an email address, a whale swimming in the Thames in London, astronomers record a rare explosion on the moon, Isabelle Dinoire receive the world's first face transplant, the world's biggest passenger plane the Airbus A380 land at Heathrow, the tragic death of Australian 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, Top Gear's Richard Hammond involved in a serious 300mph car crash, Iraq's Saddam Hussein sentenced to death, and a viral YouTube video encouraging the world to give 'free hugs' to strangers. 2006 was a poignant year in history, now immortalised in coinage.
2006 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 2006 gold bullion Sovereign hosts the signature 'St George and the Dragon' depiction by Benedetto Pistrucci, designed in 1817. St George is armed with a sword on horseback, slaying the dragon. The Master of the Mint originally instructed Pistrucci to create the Sovereign design and his image of St George, the Patron Saint of England, and his 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 2006 gold bullion Sovereign coin may be supplied in an acrylic capsule.
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 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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