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2008 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign

2008 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign Boxed
(VAT Exempt)
One of just 7,735 proof Sovereigns issued by The Royal Mint in 2007. This coin features Ian Rank-Broadley’s mature portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to the obverse. This is the fourth such definitive portrait used on her coinage since her first coins were issued in 1953. The reverse shows an instantly recognisable image of Saint George and the dragon. This engraving is the work of Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci who created the striking work for the first modern Sovereigns. These were introduced in 1817 after a major overhaul of British coinage following the Napoleonic Wars. Pistrucci’s rendition of England’s patron saint has been a perennial presence on these gold coins ever since. They have been minted by every monarch since George III. This example conforms to the strict specifications established in the nineteenth century: it’s composed of 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold and has a diameter of 22.05 millimetres. The difference is the proof finish. Intended for collectors, proof coins are struck multiple times with hand prepared dies, producing a richly detailed coin with a high-shine appearance. Their beauty appeals but so does the limited numbers these coins are struck in. Just 7,735 gold proof Sovereigns were issued in 2008. This one comes in its original presentation packing from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed.
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2008 proof finish gold 'full' Sovereign from a limited edition presentation.

Brief History of Sovereigns

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 but production ceased with the outbreak of the First World War. Reintroduced in 1957, annual issues attract investors and collectors with limited edition proof Sovereigns - hand-finished for a flawless effect - the most sought-after.

Obverse and Reverse

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 shows a greater degree of realism than its idealised predecessors. Broadley's initials - IRB - appear below the truncation of Elizabeth II's neck.

Proof Sovereign Presentation

While bullion Sovereigns are minted in significant numbers by The Royal Mint each year, only a small number of proof coins are offered. Intended for collectors, proof coins have a high-definition, high-contrast finish, achieved with multiple strikes of hand-prepared dies.

Just 7,735 proof 'full' 2008 Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint.

The finish is preserved by the original black box, walnut effect case and capsule. Also included: a numbered certificate of authenticity.

If you're interested in buying Sovereigns you might want to consider our best value, mixed-year gold coins which make a great investment.

This 2008 Sovereign, like other Sovereigns, is 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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