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2017 Elizabeth II Piedfort Gold Proof Sovereign 200th Anniversary Coin NGC Graded PF 70 Ultra Cameo

SV17PFA 2017 Elizabeth II Piedfort Gold Proof Sovereign 200th Anniversary Coin NGC Graded PF 70 Ultra Cameo Boxed
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200th anniversary gold proof piedfort Sovereign graded PF 70 Ultra Cameo by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. In 2017 The Royal Mint celebrated 200 years of the modern Sovereign by authorising a special reverse design for these coins, inspired by the first examples, issued in 1817. We’re all familiar with the image of Saint George and the dragon, created by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. It’s become closely associated with these 22-carat gold coins down the centuries, remaining a fixture of annual issues. However, the design has been modified over the years, switching the weapon held by England’s patron saint from a broken spear to a sword and removing the stylised garter motif that originally encircled the central figures. These historic details have been restored on 2017 Sovereigns in honour of the important anniversary. While the design is old, the specification of this coin is new: 2017 was the first year to see the release of a piedfort Sovereign. French for ‘heavy measure’, piedfort coins are twice the weight and thickness of ordinary editions. That means this piedfort Sovereign has the same mass as a Double Sovereign (15.96 grams of 916.7 gold) but retains the same diameter as a standard ‘full’ Sovereign: 22.05 millimetres - it’s just extra thick. Just 3,484 of these piedfort Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in 2017 and this example has been independently graded by NGC. The coin comes sealed in its acrylic holder but you’ll receive the original box and certificate of authenticity too.
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Obverse

Fifth and final definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark, facing right. Legend around reads: 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·'.

Reverse

Saint George on horse holding broken spear with dragon below. Design encircled by a garter reading 'HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE ·'.

Specification

Piedfort proof coin, struck in 15.96 grams of 916.7 gold. Actual gold weight: 14.63 grams / 0.4703 troy ounces. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. 

Presentation

From a limited edition presentation of just 3,484 piedfort coins, issued in 2017 by The Royal Mint. This example graded PF 70 Ultra Cameo by NGC. Coin comes sealed in holder with original box of issue and certificate of authenticity also included.

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