2012 Elizabeth II Gold Proof 3 Sovereign Set Diamond Jubilee
Three coin Sovereign set with Paul Day St George reverse: one of just 355 of these sets issued.
Gold Sovereign Sets
The very first gold Sovereigns were struck in the 1400s by the Tudor kings and their prestigious legacy was reclaimed when the modern Sovereign was introduced in 1817. Over the next century, Sovereigns became prized across the British Empire, trusted to contain a known and significant quantity of gold.
The Sovereign fell out of circulation in Britain with the start of the First World War. Since 1979, the Royal Mint has issued a new proof Sovereigns annually, attracting a dedicated group of collectors. Fresh designs are eagerly anticipated but older issues, particularly proof Sovereign sets remain popular.
In the past, gold Sovereign sets were issued by The Royal Mint to mark coronations. A very small number of proof coins were struck for Her Majesty's 1953 coronation but not issued. Proof Sovereigns would not be regularly struck until 1979 and a proof set would not be offered until 1980. Now they’re a regular feature of The Royal Mint’s offer.
Diamond Jubilee Reverse
In honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, The Royal Mint held a competition to find a special, one-time reverse for the 2012 Sovereign. The winning entry was by the British sculptor, Paul Day. Day's design is a take on Pistruccis' famous Saint George and the dragon scene, used on these coins since 1817.
Day's design fills the field and makes the dragon, snapping at the horses heels, as large as the figure of England's patron saint. The date is squeezed in beneath the beast's belly. It represents an emerging tradition at the Mint for celebrating royal anniversaries with alternate Sovereign designs.
This dynamic engraving is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley's depiction 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 Elizabeth II's portrait.
Five Coin Presentation
This five coin Sovereign set was among the most limited gold proof sets offered in the Diamond Jubilee year (five coin and four coin sets were also offered). It contains a Double Sovereign (£2), a 'full' Sovereign and a Half Sovereign - the key coins issued by The Royal Mint in this year.
Just 335 of these 3-coin sets were offered in 2012.
Each coin is struck to proof standard. Intended for collectors, proof coins are struck multiple times with hand finished dies for a superior appearance. In other respects these coins conform to the standard measurements and weights, excepting the alternate 2012 reverse.
You'll receive your three-coin Sovereign set in its original wood presentation packaging, lined with velvet. You'll also receive an information booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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