2018 Gold Sovereign
Highly sought-after by collectors and Bullion investors, Gold Sovereigns are likely the most famous of all gold coins. Sovereigns have a long history, but the modern gold Sovereign has been minted since 1817 and then in Britain 1817-1917, 1925, 1957–59, 1962–68, 1974, 1976, 1978–82 and 2000–present.
The gold Sovereign is a source of national pride, prestige and exceptional minting quality. The Monarch's head is almost always depicted on the Obverse of the sovereign and the 2018 gold bullion Sovereign coin hosts a portrait of Elizabeth II. HM Queen Elizabeth II is the current and longest reigning British monarch ever. Born on 21 April 1926 to King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, she became Queen in 1952 with her Coronation on 2 June 1953.
The first of the modern Sovereign coins carried the head of King George III and the 'St George and the Dragon' design by Benedetto Pistrucci, an Italian engraver who became Chief Medallist at The Royal Mint. Very similar to the Reverse of the 2018 gold bullion Sovereign coin.
Buy a 2018 Gold Sovereign
This pre-owned 2018 gold Bullion Sovereign coin is struck in 22 carat gold, weighs 7.98g and contains 7.32g of fine gold. The gold Sovereign is considered to be one of the world's oldest coins still in production and a pinnacle of minting excellence.
The year 2018
There was renewed hope in 2018 for a united Korea, with both North and South Korea agreeing to officially end their long war. In other world politics; the #MeToo movement gained traction leading to the arrest of Hollywood's Harvey Weinstein while Saudia Arabia's women were given the right to drive, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Germany's Angela Merkel were re-elected, and Xi Jinping was given indefinite right to remain lifelong President of China. It was also a sombre year with the Syrian conflict and the Salisbury poisonings. In tech; Facebook was involved in a data mining scandal with Cambridge Analytica, Apple reached a $1 trillion dollar value, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos became the world's richest man. NASA also launched their first mission to the sun, wildfires hit California, and the British Royal family celebrated the marriage of Prince Harry to US actress Meghan Markle. The year 2018 was a poignant year in history, now immortalised in coinage.
Description of the 2018 Gold Bullion Sovereign Coin
The Obverse (front, heads) presents Queen Elizabeth II's 5th portrait by Jody Clark. Her Majesty is posed in the Royal Diamond crown, which she wore for her coronation, and this design has been used on gold Sovereigns since 2015. Jody Clark was the first Royal Mint employee for over 100 years , and the youngest at 33-years-old, to design a coinage portrait of a Monarch.
The Reverse (back, tails) of the 2018 gold bullion Sovereign coin is that of the classical portrayal of 'St George slaying the Dragon', designed by Benedetto Pistrucci. St George, the Patron Saint of England, is on horseback, sword in hand. On the floor to the left is a broken spear from a previous offensive. Pistrucci's depiction dates back to 1817 when he was appointed by William Wellesley Pole, the Master of the Mint, to create the Sovereign. Outside of the Sovereign coin, the engraver is also renowned for his Waterloo Medal design.
The coin includes the inscription, 'DEI GRA REGINA FID DEF', which translates to 'By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith'. The inscription refers to HM Queen Elizabeth II's position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, a role she has held since her accession to the throne in 1952.
The 2018 gold bullion Sovereign coin may be supplied in an acrylic capsule.
The Trial of the Pyx
This gold Sovereign coin benefits from being verified at the Trial of the Pyx for its weight and quality. The Trial of the Pyx is one of Britain's oldest traditions, dating back to at least 1282 during the reign of Edward I. The ceremony usually includes the Chancellor of the Exchequer, financial leaders, The Royal Mint's representatives and freemen of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (The Goldsmiths' Company). Coins are taken from every batch of each denomination struck, sealed in bags of 50 and locked away for testing at the Trial. The 'Pyx' is latin referring to the chests used to transport and store the coins. The ritual involves putting the coins in a copper bowl and selecting at random for testing. Each coin is checked to ensure it meets the specifications set out in the relevant section of the Coinage Act or Royal Proclamation.
St George and the Dragon
The ancient legend of 'St George and the dragon' dates back to the reign of William of Malmesbury, during the third century, where inspiration for the story was drawn from a Roman soldier who refused to give up his Christian faith. A well-known fable portrays St George as a heroic rescuer on horseback sent to rescue a young woman sacrificed to a dragon, which he slays. It is widely believed that the dragon was slain at Uffington's Dragon Hill, a Bronze-age site just 20 miles from our premises in Royal Wootton Bassett. Since 1222, St George has been celebrated on the 23rd April every year in England, the country of which the legend is the patron saint. The Reverse depicts St George in the classic design by Benedetto Pistrucci. The Obverse design of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is the fifth portrait design, by Jody Clark.
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