2009 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign
Gold Sovereign dated 2009 with fine proof finish and fourth definitive effigy of Her Majesty the Queen.
The Story of the Sovereign
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.
Just 7,354 proof Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in 2007: low mintage year!
Obverse and Reverse Designs
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 V Bullion Sovereigns
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.
The finish is preserved by the original capsule, case and outer box from The Royal Mint. Also included: a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Like all Sovereigns, this 2009 example 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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