2018 Premium Gold Proof 3 Sovereign Set Sapphire Jubilee
Premium three-coin Sovereign set, each coin featuring the Sapphire Jubilee privy mark
Proof Sovereign Sets
The very first gold Sovereigns were struck in the 1400s by the Tudor kings and their prestigious legacy was reclaimed when the modern Sovereign was introduced in 1817. Over the next century, Sovereigns became prized across the British Empire, trusted to contain a known and significant quantity of gold.
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.
Proof Sovereigns were initially only struck by The Royal Mint to celebrate coronations. The first proof pieces would be issued for collector’s in 1979 with limited edition sets offered for the first time in 1980. Since then, boxed sets containing coins from each year's Sovereign family have attracted a dedicated group of collectors.
Sapphire Anniversary Privy Mark
For much of their long history, coins in the Sovereign family have featured an iconic reverse design, crafted by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. His instantly-recognisable Saint George design shows England's patron saint mounted on a horse, slaying a dragon which cowers underfoot.
For this year only, the reverse also features a tiny crown privy mark to the left of the date. This was authorised by The Royal Mint to mark Her Majesty the Queen's 2018 sapphire jubilee: a celebration of 65 years since her coronation.
Pistrucci's reverse is paired with Jody Clark's portrait of Elizabeth II. Introduced in 2015, this is the fifth official effigy used on the Queen’s coinage since her coronation in 1953. Clark's initials – JC – appear below the truncation of her neck.
Premium Proof Set
This premium collector's set features three coins from the 2018 Sovereign family: the Double Sovereign, the 'full' Sovereign and the Half Sovereign. Each piece is struck to proof standard in 22 carat gold meaning the set comprises 25.62 grams of fine gold.
Only 450 of these premium sets were offered by The Royal Mint in 2018.
Your 2018 proof Sovereigns come in their original packaging from The Royal Mint. Each coin is sealed within its capsule, inside an attractive presentation case, complete with a detailed information booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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