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2008 Full Gold Bullion Sovereign


Buy a 2008 Full Gold Bullion Sovereign

(VAT Exempt)
This coin features the classic image of Saint George in the act of slaying a dragon, crushed beneath his horses hooves. The engraving of England’s patron saint has been in use on British coinage since 1817 and is the work of Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. It’s a design that’s instantly recognisable to numismatists and investors alike. Pistrucci’s initials can be seen below the dragon next to the date. The obverse of the 2008 Sovereign features Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This is the fourth of five successive definitive effigies used on the Queen’s coinage and can be seen on Sovereigns minted between 1998 and 2015. Like all ‘full’ Sovereigns, this example is composed of 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold. It has a diameter of 22.05 millimetres and a milled edge. It’s one of 75,000 bullion or ‘uncirculated’ Sovereigns issued by The Royal Mint in this year. The allure of bullion Sovereigns for UK investors is that they are exempt from both Capital Gains Tax and VAT. This one is no different. It comes without any official Royal Mint packaging but we’ll ensure its carefully wrapped for delivery.
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Uncirculated 2008 gold bullion Sovereign with Pistrucci's Saint George to the reverse.

The Chief Coin of the World

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, 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.

Saint George and the Dragon

For much of its history the modern Sovereign has featured an iconic reverse design, crafted by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. His instantly-recognisable Saint George and the Dragon design shows England's patron saint mounted on a horse, slaying a dragon 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

Our Gold Bullion Sovereigns

We'll select your 2008 Sovereign from our best bullion stock. Each example is graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or above. Extremely Fine Sovereigns carry very few signs of were and make a great choice if you’re buying these gold coins as a gift.

75,000 gold Sovereigns were struck in this year.

Your coin will be supplied loose, without any additional Royal Mint packaging. Don’t worry though, we'll make sure your gold Sovereign is securely packed for delivery which is free to UK addresses.

If you're considering a 2008 uncirculated Sovereign you may also be interested in a gold proof Sovereign from the same year. Just looking to invest in UK gold coins? Why not looking into our best value Sovereigns: we’ll pick the year and you’ll get our best price.

All Sovereigns, including this 2008 example, 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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