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2017 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Piedfort Sovereign 200th Anniversary

SV17PFA 2017 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Piedfort Sovereign 200th Anniversary Boxed
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Gold proof piedfort 200th anniversary 2017 Sovereign from a limited edition presentation. In 2017 The Royal Mint celebrated the 200th anniversary of the modern gold Sovereign by authorising a special reverse design, inspired by that which featured on the first of these coins, issued in 1817. They showed the instantly recognisable image of Saint George and the dragon, designed by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. The difference in this reproduction design is the garter motif that encircles the horse and rider that was removed for later issues. This classic design is paired with a modern portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark, introduced to British money in 2015. As well as the variant reverse design there’s something else that’s unusual about this proof Sovereign: it’s twice the weigh of a regular ‘full’ Sovereign and twice the thickness. Piedfort proof Sovereigns are rare and there were only 3,484 issued in 2017. This highly collectible coin is composed of 15.96 grams of 22 carat gold and maintains the diameter of a normal Sovereign: 22.05 millimetres. It’s offered in its original presentation case from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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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:

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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