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2011 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Quarter Sovereign

SVQ11 2011 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Quarter Sovereign Boxed
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Gold proof 2011 Quarter Sovereign from a limited edition presentation. The modern ‘full’ Sovereign has been around since 1817 but The Royal Mint only began striking Quarter Sovereigns in 2009. These fractional Sovereigns are composed of 1.997 grams of 22 carat gold and have a diameter of 13.50 millimetres. They have exactly a quarter of the gold content of a full Sovereign (.0588 troy ounces compared to .2354 ounces). This 2011 example features a classic design to the reverse that has long featured on other coins in the Sovereign family. Crafted by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci, the Saint George and the dragon engraving is instantly recognisable to collectors. Its paired with a modern portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, as used on British money between 1998 and 2015. This Quarter Sovereign comes in its original presentation case from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity. It’s from a limited edition presentation of just 6,736, not including those issued in sets.
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Collectible, limited edition 2011 proof Quarter Sovereign.

History of Quarter Sovereigns

The first gold Sovereigns were struck during the reign of Tudor king Henry VII. Centuries later, in 1817, a new gold coin bearing this name was introduced, following a major overhaul of British coinage. 

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.

In 2009 The Royal Mint introduced a new fractional issue to the Sovereign family. The Quarter Sovereign measures just 13.50 millimetres across and has a nominal face value of 25p. Like other gold Sovereigns, these coins are made from 22 carat gold with the Quarter Sovereign offering .0588 Troy ounces of gold.

Obverse and Reverse

Like many of these gold coins, this Quarter Sovereign features an iconic reverse design, created 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 and related coins like the Quarter Sovereign. They 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 or realism than its idealised predecessors. Broadley's initials - IRB - appear below the truncation of Elizabeth II's neck.

Collectible Gold Proof Coins

This 2011 Quarter Sovereign has a fine proof finish. Intended for collectors, proof coins have more detail and a more contrast between fields and figures than their circulating and bullion counterparts thanks to multiple strikes of hand-prepared dies.

The coin comes in its original presentation case with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Only 6,736 proof Quarter Sovereigns were stuck in 2011 by The Royal Mint.

If you're interested in a 2011 Quarter Sovereign then you may also be interested in our 2011 'full' proof Sovereigns and our bullion-grade coins from the same year.

These and the 2011 gold proof Quarter Sovereign 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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