skip to main content
Free shipping on all UK orders
Sell today for same day payments
All coins quality checked/authenticated

2016 Struck On The Day Brilliant Uncirculated Gold Sovereign Queen's Birthday

Q9016STD 2016 Elizabeth II BU Gold Sovereign Royal Birthday Strike of the Day Boxed
from
£495.00
(VAT Exempt)
2016 was the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s ninetieth birthday. Elizabeth - already Britain’s longest reigning monarch - celebrated her real birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on the second Thursday in June which fell on 11 June in 2016. To celebrate, The Royal Mint struck a limited number of gold Sovereigns on the day of the official birthday. This example shows Jody Clark’s portrait of Her Majesty to the obverse. Introduced in 2015, this is the fifth official profile to be featured on her coinage during her reign as Britain’s longest serving monarch. Clark’s effigy is paired with the classic Saint George and the Dragon reverse, designed by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci for the first modern Sovereigns. This gold Sovereign is struck to The Royal Mint’s brilliant uncirculated or BU finish. This offers a superior level of detail and shine compared to circulating or bullion-grade coinage. The finish is preserved by the coin’s capsule and presentation case is provided with the product. Also included: a numbered certificate of authenticity which confirms that this coin is one of just 499 issued in this presentation. Like all Sovereigns, this one is composed of 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold and has a diameter of 22.05 millimetres.
Log in to get notified when this product is back in stock.
Track Product

11 June 2016 Strike of the Day Sovereign, celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday.

The History Of 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.

Queen's 90th Birthday Commemorative Sovereign

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.

Are Struck On The Day Sovereigns Valuable?

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:

How To Sell A Struck On The Day Sovereign

Want to sell a 'struck on the day' Sovereign? We buy these limited edition collectors pieces for market leading prices. Visit our Sell Your Coins page to request a free, no obligation quote for gold, historic coinage, silver proof collectibles and more. We’ll pay you fast for your coins.

Frequently Asked Questions

'Struck on the day' coins are issued in limited numbers by the Royal Mint. These collectible coins are struck on the day of an important event or anniversary like a royal birth or a jubilee, often with a brilliant uncirculated finish. These coins can command higher prices than other Sovereigns with the same date.

Want to sell a 'struck on the day' Sovereign? We buy these limited edition collectors pieces for market leading prices. Visit our Sell Your Coins page to request a free, no obligation quote for gold, historic coinage, silver proof collectibles and more. We'll pay you fast for your coins.

The Royal Mint strikes its 'struck on the day' coins in a brilliant uncirculated finish. This is presumably because its quicker to strike a BU coin compared to a proof one and struck on the day coins need to be produced fast. These coins are minted to commemorate important events and anniversaries.

'Struck on the day' coins are commemorative coins minted on a particular event or anniversary. For instance, The Royal Mint has issued struck on the day Sovereigns to mark royal marriages and births as well as jubilees. These coins are offered in limited numbers, often with a brilliant uncirculated finish.

'Struck on the day' coins can command higher prices than their general issue counterparts. These coins are minted on the day of an important event or anniversary in very limited numbers. Though struck on the day Sovereigns are usually issued in BU they often have a value comparable to a proof coin.

Reviews

We are always proud to show off our previous customers experiences with you and what they thought of our purchasing through with Britannia Coins.

Ekomi Logo
Christopher DeSantis
5th January 2024
Phil H
1st September 2023
Alison M
31st August 2023
David R
30th August 2023
Roberto S
29th August 2023
Mark D
24th August 2023
Marc G
24th August 2023
Malcolm P
24th August 2023
William David E
24th August 2023
Kevin A
24th August 2023