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2021 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Bullion Full Sovereign

2021 Elizabeth II Gold Sovereign Reverse
(VAT Exempt)
Gold bullion 2021 Sovereign from The Royal Mint, issued in the year of Her Majesty the Queen’s 95th birthday. It’s her portrait that appears on the obverse of this 22 carat gold coin. Crafted by Jody Clark, the effigy is the fifth definitive portrait used on her coinage since her first issues in 1953. Clark’s crowned, right-facing profile has been seen on Sovereigns since 2015. This modern engraving is paired with a historic one. Created for the first modern Sovereigns, issued in 1817, its the work of Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. His instantly recognisable image of England’s patron saint is closely associated with these coins. It’s been used on many of them through the last two centuries. Pistrucci’s warlike St George is caught in the act of slaying a dragon, crushed beneath his horses hooves. The date - 2021 - and the artist’s initials appear below the motif. Like all ‘full’ Sovereigns, this one is composed of 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold. It has a diameter of 22.05 millimetres and a milled edge. Your bullion 2021 Sovereign is VAT and CGT exempt. It’s provided loose, without any Royal Mint packaging, but we’ll ensure its carefully wrapped for delivery which is free in the UK.
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History of the Gold Sovereign

The first Sovereigns were struck during the reign of Tudor king Henry VII. 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, a symbol of the British Empire, trusted to contain a known quantity of gold. Regular production ceased with the First World War, only resuming in 1957. Today, Sovereigns are offered annually in a range of sets and finishes for collectors and investors.

Pistrucci's Saint George

For much of its history the modern Sovereign has featured an iconic reverse design, crafted by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. His instantly-recognisable Saint George and the Dragon design shows England's patron saint mounted on a horse, slaying a dragon underfoot.

It's a powerful image that has become synonymous with the gold Sovereign. These coins don't carry their denomination on their face as part of their legend like most currency, so the Saint George motif is an easy identifier for many collectors. The coin's date appears below the dragon.

For the 2021 Sovereign, Pistrucci's historic reverse is paired with Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. Introduced to British coinage in 2015, this fifth official effigy shows the artists initials below the traction of Elizabeth II's neck with the legend reading: 'ELIZABETH II ∙ DEI ∙ GRA ∙ REGINA ∙FID ∙DEF'.

Our Gold Bullion Sovereigns

We'll select your 2021 Sovereign from our best bullion stock. Each example is graded aEF (about Extremely Fine) or above. Extremely Fine Sovereigns carry very few signs of were and make a great choice if you’re buying these gold coins as a gift.

Note: proof Sovereigns issued in 2021 feature a special privy mark next to the date on the reverse. Bullion coins from the same year do not have this feature.

Your coin will be supplied loose, without any additional Royal Mint packaging. Don’t worry though, we'll make sure your gold Sovereign is securely packed for delivery which is free to UK addresses.

If you're considering a 2021 uncirculated Sovereign you may also be interested in a gold proof Sovereign from the same year. Just looking to invest in UK gold coins? Why not looking into our best value Sovereigns: we'll pick the year and you'll get our best price.

All Sovereigns, including this 2021 example, 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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