2017 Full Gold Bullion Sovereign : 200th Anniversary
2017 bullion Sovereigns with a one-year-only privy mark, celebrating 200 years since the first modern Sovereigns were minted.
History 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.
200 Years of the Sovereign
2017 marked 200 years since the very first modern Sovereigns were minted.
To celebrate, The Royal Mint included a special privy mark on bullion Sovereigns issued in this year. Composed of a tiny 200, surmounting a quartered shield. It appears next to the date on the reverse of the coin which displays Benedetto Pistrucci's iconic Saint George and the dragon, designed for the 1817 Sovereign.
This is paired with Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen: the fifth such official effigy used on her coinage.
Top Grade Bullion Sovereigns
Our 2017 bullion Sovereigns are hand selected by our expert staff from our best gold bullion stock. 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 different options to consider if you're researching 2017 Sovereigns:
- Proof Sovereigns issued in 2017 bore a garter detail to the reverse, reminiscent of the 1817 Sovereign
- That same reverse appears on special strike of the day brilliant uncirculated 2017 Sovereigns
- Just looking to invest in gold? Our best value, mixed year bullion Sovereigns are our best value option
All Sovereigns, including the 2017 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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