2008 Gold Sovereign
Gold bullion Sovereigns are one of the most recognisable 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 struck in Britain since 1817, and again from 1817-1917, 1925, and 1957 to the present day. The Sovereign disappeared from circulation during the First World War as citizens were requested to surrender their Sovereigns for the war effort, building up the Bank of England reserves and paying off international debt.
In nearly every gold bullion Sovereign, the Monarch's portrait is depicted on the coin’s obverse. 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 2008 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. 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 2008 Gold Sovereign
This pre-owned 2008 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.
The year 2008
2008 witnessed; a global financial crisis, Barack Obama winning the US Presidential election campaign, the death of Australian actor Heath Ledger, Prince Harry forced to end his tour in Afghanistan after a press leak, the media trawling the divorce of Heather Mills and 'Beatle' Sir Paul McCartney, the disappearance of schoolgirl Shannon Matthews staged by her mother, Boris Johnson become London Mayor, a fire destroyed the pier at seaside resort Weston-Super-Mare, and the Big Bang experiment with the Large Hadron Collider had the world worried about being sucked into a black hole. The year 2008 was a poignant year in history, now immortalised in coinage.
Description of the 2008 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 2008 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, William Wellesley Pole, 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 has stood the test of time. 2008 marks the last year in which the streamer behind St George's helmet features in the design.
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 2008 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. He is often depicted as a defender of the Christian faith in many stories. The most well-known tale sees St George as a heroic rescuer on horseback sent to rescue a young maiden or princess sacrificed to a dragon, which he slays to save her life. It is widely believed that the dragon was slain at Uffington's Dragon Hill, a Bronze-age site just 20 miles from our premises in Royal Wootton Bassett. As the Patron Saint of England, St George has been 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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