2016 Elizabeth II BU Gold Sovereign Royal Birthday Strike of the Day
11 June 2016 Strike of the Day Sovereign, celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday.
The Gold 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, 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.
A Royal Birthday
2016 was the year of Her Majesty the Queen's ninetieth birthday. Already Britain's longest reigning monarch she’s also our oldest monarch, surpassing Queen Victoria's 81-year record. Elizabeth celebrated her real birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on the second Thursday in June which fell on 11 June in 2016. British monarchs have celebrated an official birthday since the reign of George II.
The Royal Mint marked the occasion with a special £5 Crown and some new additions to their Sovereign range. Proof Sovereigns issued in this year bore a special one-year-only portrait by James Butler MBE RA. However, this brilliant uncirculated Sovereign, as well as 2016 bullion Sovereigns show Jody Clark's portrait of Elizabeth II, introduced the previous year. The classic Saint George design is used for the reverse.
Strike of the Day
This Sovereign was struck on the day of the Queen’s official 90th birthday: 11 June 2016.
It was one of just 499 issued by The Royal Mint to commemorate the occasion. These coins were minted to brilliant uncirculated (BU) standard, offering a much finer finish than ordinary circulating coins and making them perfect for collectors.
Like all Sovereigns, this 2016 Strike of the Day example is exempt from Capital Gains Tax as UK legal tender and free from VAT in the UK and EU as investment grade gold.
Considering a 2016 Sovereign? We have a range of alternate options:
- As mentioned, 2016 proof Sovereigns bear a special 90th birthday portrait by James Butler
- These are also available in premium three-coin and five-coin proof Sovereign sets
- A special two-part set with a Sovereign from the Queen’s birth year and ninetieth year was also released
- Our 2016 bullion Sovereigns are a great way of remembering an important royal milestone
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