2007 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. The contemporary gold Sovereign has been minted in Britain since 1817, and again 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. This 2007 Sovereign coin hosts a portrait of HM The Queen, Elizabeth II. HM Queen Elizabeth II is also the longest reigning British Monarch of all time, overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria in 2015. At just twenty-five-years-old, the then Princess Elizabeth was pronounced Queen in 1952 with her Coronation taking place in June 1953.
Buy a 2007 Gold Sovereign
- This pre-owned 2007 gold bullion Sovereign is struck in 22 carat gold, weighs 7.98g and contains 7.32g of fine gold.
- A mintage of only 27,628 bullion Sovereign coins were produced at The Royal Mint for the year 2007.
- 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 2007
The year 2007 saw; a media storm over the disappearance of four-year-old Madeleine McCann, Nicolas Sarkozy elected President of France, Gordon Brown succeeding Tony Blair as Prime Minister, floods dominating central and western England, Northern Rock experiencing a bank run and leading to a recession, the world shocked by the Virginia Tech shooting, scientists discovering kryptonite, and the public hating the newly designed London 2012 Olympic Games logo. 2007 was a significant year in history, now immortalised in coinage.
2007 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 2007 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. Over 200 years later, the design has stood the test of time.
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 2007 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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