2017 Elizabeth II Gold BU Sovereign 200th Anniversary Strike of the Day
Strike of the day Brilliant Uncirculated 2017 Sovereign, celebrating 200 years since the first modern Sovereigns were minted.
History of the Sovereign
The earliest 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 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 Edition
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 'strike of 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 strike of 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 Sovereign
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:
- Proof 2017 Sovereigns feature the same garter reverse and a slightly finer finish
- Bullion 2017 Sovereigns celebrate the 200th anniversary with a special reverse privy mark
- Just looking to invest in gold? Our best value, mixed year bullion Sovereigns offer our best price
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.
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