2017 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Piedfort Sovereign 200th Anniversary
Scarce proof piedfort 2017 Sovereign with special anniversary reverse.
200 Years of the Gold Sovereign
The first modern Sovereigns were struck in 1817. Two hundred years on, The Royal Mint celebrated two centuries of Sovereigns with a special reverse design.
The design 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 which reads: 'HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE ·' ('shame on he who thinks evil of it').
This is paired with Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen: the fifth such official effigy used on her coinage. Unlike most Sovereigns the date appears on the obverse not the reverse.
Piedfort Proof Sovereigns
This is a rare example of a piedfort Sovereign: twice the weight of an ordinary 'full' Sovereign at 15.96 grams of 22 carat gold, retaining the same diameter of 22.05 millimetres.
The Royal Mint has been offering double-weight, double-thickness editions of their commemorative coins since 1982 but they're part of a much older tradition, dating back to medieval times. These coins were particularly associated with France where 'piedfort' means 'heavy measure'.
Spink only lists three modern piedfort Sovereigns, issued by The Royal Mint in 2017, 2018 and 2019. This is your chance to get hold of the first.
This gold proof piedfort Sovereign is one of only 3,484 offered by The Royal Mint in 2017.
Collectible Gold Proof Coins
This 2017 piedfort proof Sovereign is offered in its original packaging from The Royal Mint. This consists of a glossy wood presentation box within which the coin is situated in a protective capsule. Also included: a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Thinking about a 2017 Sovereign? There's a range of additional options to consider:
- The same reverse design is also available on a regular 2017 'full' proof Sovereign
- A rare Strike of the Day BU Sovereign was also struck in 2017 with the same garter motif as the proof version
- We stock bullion 2017 Sovereigns too. They feature a special privy mark to celebrate the 200th anniversary
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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