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2017 Struck On The Day Sovereign 200th Anniversary

2017 Elizabeth II BU Gold Sovereign 200th Anniversary Strike of the Day Boxed
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1 July 2017 marked 200 years since the first modern Sovereigns were struck. These coins were introduced in 1817 in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars reviving the name of an older Tudor hammered gold coin. When they were first issued, gold Sovereigns featured a reverse by Benedetto Pistrucci showing England’s patron saint, St George slaying a cowering dragon, the motif encircled by a decorative garter. For later Sovereigns the garter was removed and Pistrucci’s design in this form has become a perennial presence on these gold coins. For the bicentennial of the Sovereign, The Royal Mint has revived the historic engraving, adding the garter detail to the reverse of their 2017 proof Sovereigns. This is paired with Jody Clark’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen on these ‘struck on the day’ Sovereigns and on the rest of the coinage in the 2017 proof Sovereign family. Just 1,817 of these limited edition brilliant uncirculated Sovereigns were issued and this one comes in it is original presentation packaging with a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed. Each coin is composed of 7.98 grams of 22 carat (916.7) gold and has a diameter of 2205 millimetres, following the exacting specifications laid down two centuries ago.
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Strike of the day Brilliant Uncirculated 2017 Sovereign, celebrating 200 years since the first modern Sovereigns were minted.

The History Of The Gold Sovereign

The earliest 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 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.

200th Anniversary Sovereign Reverse Design

1 July 2017 marked 200 years since a royal proclamation ordered the very first modern Sovereigns. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, The Royal Mint authorised a rare 'struck on the day' Sovereign in a brilliant uncirculated finish.

The reverse recreates the original variant of Benedetto Pistrucci’s iconic Saint George motif, as used on the 1817 Sovereign. While most modern Sovereigns feature only the mounted patron saint, dragon and date to the reverse, the earliest Sovereigns enclosed this design within a stylised garter.

This design was also utilised for 2017 proof Sovereigns. The struck on the day BU 2017 Sovereign is distinguished by a plain edge.

The obverse shows Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen: the fifth such official effigy used on her coinage.

An appropriate 1,817 of these BU 2017 Sovereigns were issued, recalling the year the first modern Sovereigns were struck.

Brilliant Uncirculated Gold Sovereigns

Your 2017 BU Sovereign is offered in its original packaging from The Royal Mint. This consists of a maroon card box and a glossy wood presentation case within which the coin is situated in a protective capsule. Also included: a numbered certificate of authenticity.

What other Sovereign options are available:

All Sovereigns, including those struck in 2017, are exempt from Capital Gains Tax as UK legal tender and free from VAT in the UK and EU as investment grade gold.

How To Sell A Struck On The Day Sovereign

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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.

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