2018 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Piedfort Sovereign Sapphire Jubilee
Gold proof piedfort Sovereign struck in 2018 with a special privy mark to celebrate the Queen's sapphire jubilee.
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 1,930 offered by The Royal Mint in 2018.
Sapphire Anniversary Privy Mark
For much of its long history the modern Sovereign has 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 of coins in the Sovereign family 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 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.
A Limited Edition Collectible
Your 2018 piedfort proof Sovereign comes in its original packaging from The Royal Mint. This consists of an attractive, high-shine wood presentation box in which the coin is situated inside a capsule. Also included: a numbered certificate of authenticity, confirming the specifications of this collector’s piece.
If you're in the market for a 2018 piedfort Sovereign there are a few alternative options to consider:
- Proof 'full' Sovereigns from 2018 also feature the sapphire anniversary privy mark
- The premium three-coin 2018 Sovereign set nets you a Double Sovereign, a 'full' Sovereign and a Half Sovereign
- We've also got the 2017 gold proof piedfort Sovereign in stock
All Sovereigns, including those issued in 2018, 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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