2017 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign 200th Anniversary
A proof 2017 Sovereign with a garter reverse to celebrate 200 years since the first modern Sovereigns were struck.
The Story 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
Proof Sovereigns, struck in 2017 feature a historic reverse to celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the modern Sovereign.
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.
Only 10,486 gold proof 2017 Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint, excluding those offered in sets.
Collectible Proof Sovereign
This 2017 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:
- A rare Brilliant Uncirculated 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
- 2017 proof Sovereigns also appear in five-coin proof sets: the largest Sovereign sets offered in this year
- Just looking to invest in gold? Our best value, mixed year bullion Sovereigns are our top priced offer
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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