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2017 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign 200th Anniversary

2017 Elizabeth II Proof Gold Sovereign 200th Anniversary Boxed

Buy a 2017 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign 200th Anniversary

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2017 marked 200 years since the first modern Sovereigns were struck in 1817. These gold coins featured a now-iconic reverse design by Italian artist, Benedetto Pistrucci. His Saint George and the dragon motif has been used on centuries of Sovereigns but, in its first iteration, the saint and his horse were enclosed within a garter. The 2017 proof Sovereign recreates this original design to mark the historic anniversary. On the obverse appears Jody Clark’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. Struck in 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold - just like the earliest Sovereigns - this coin is struck with a flawless proof finish. Its one of only 10,486 offered in this presentation: individually boxed with a certificate of authenticity.
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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.

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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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