2016 Gold Bullion Full Sovereign Jody Clark Portrait
High-grade 2016 bullion Sovereigns: available now.
The Story of the Sovereign
The first Sovereigns were struck during the reign of Tudor king Henry VIII. 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, a symbol of the British Empire, trusted to contain a known quantity of gold. Regular production ceased with the First World War, only resuming in 1957. Today, Sovereigns are offered annually in a range of sets and finishes for collectors and investors.
Pistrucci's Saint George
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 - 2016- appears below the dragon.
Pistrucci's reverse is paired with Jody Clark's fifth official portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. Introduced in 2015, it shows a mature Elizabeth II, wearing the George IV State Diadem. Clark was the first Royal Mint engraver to create a definitive coinage effigy of a British monarch for over 100 years.
High Grade Gold Sovereigns
Your 2016 Sovereign is hand selected from our best gold bullion stock by our expert staff. Every example is graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or above. Extremely Fine Sovereigns carry very limited signs of wear and as such make a great choice if you're buying these gold coins as gifts.
There's a few alternate options to consider if you're thinking about buying a 2016 Sovereign:
- 2016 gold proof Sovereigns feature a unique obverse portrait by James Butler to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday
- 2016 gold Half Sovereigns feature Jody Clark’s portrait and contain exactly half the amount of gold of a ‘full’ Sovereign
- Mixed year, best value bullion Sovereigns are your best choice if you're not looking for a specific date
All Sovereigns, including the 2016 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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