2022 Queen Elizabeth II Piedfort Gold Proof Sovereign Platinum Jubilee
Double weight 2022 piedfort proof Sovereigns with the special Platinum Jubilee reverse.
What Are Piedfort Sovereigns?
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'.
Though silver proof piedfort collectibles are quite common, proof Sovereigns are not. They've only previously been offered in 2017, 2018 and 2019 though we have not seen a new release of this elusive coin for a couple of years.
These coins are twice the weight of a regular Sovereign. That is, they're composed of 15.97 grams of 22 carat gold. That's a pure gold weight of 14.64 grams or 0.4708 troy ounces. The diameter is the same at 22.05 millimetres but the thickness is almost double that ordinarily seen.
The 2022 Sovereign Royal Arms Reverse
Most Quintuple Sovereigns feature an instantly-recognisable reverse image of Saint George, slaying a dragon. This 2022 Sovereign collection marks one of the rare departures from this tradition, instead featuring a design inspired by Elizabeth II's royal arms. Crafted by heraldic artist Timothy Noad and the subject of much speculation ahead of its unveiling, the reverse was authorised to commemorate a remarkable anniversary: Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Noad was also responsible for the reverse of the 2002 Sovereign, struck for the Queen's Golden Jubilee so it's fitting that he should be called upon again for this milestone issue. Speaking of the commission he said:
'It was thrilling to be asked to submit designs for The Sovereign once again. The Sovereign is the most special coin in the UK; it represents the pinnacle of minting and has a strong association with the monarch, even in its name.'
His reinterpretation of the royal coat of arms is paired with Jody Clark's fifth official effigy of Elizabeth II on this Five Sovereign piece which appears alongside a legend that reads: 'ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF'.
Read more about the 2022 Sovereign family on our blog: The 2022 Proof Sovereign: Celebrating the Platinum Jubilee.
How To Buy A 2022 Piedfort Sovereign?
These double-weight coins have only just been released by The Royal Mint, many months after the rest of the 2022 Sovereign collection and in very limited numbers.
Just 3,250 of these 2022 piedfort Sovereigns are available in this individual presentation.
We won't be able to ship these proof Sovereigns immediately but you will need to act fast to secure your coin. Can't wait? We have an extensive range of 2022 proof and bullion Sovereigns still in stock, including:
- 2022 Gold Proof Sovereign
- 2022 Gold Proof Half Sovereign
- 2022 Struck On The Day Sovereign
- 2022 Struck On The Day Sovereign MS 70
- 2022 Gold BU Five Sovereign
- 2022 Gold Proof 3 Sovereign Set
- 2022 Gold Proof 4 Sovereign Set
- 2022 Gold Proof 5 Sovereign Set
- 2022 Piedfort Gold Proof 5 Sovereign Pattern Set
- 2022 Gold Bullion Sovereign
- 2022 Gold Bullion Half Sovereign
Sell A 2022 Piedfort Gold Sovereign
Bought a 2022 Platinum Jubilee piedfort Sovereign that you no longer want? We can offer market-leading prices for these limited edition gold coins. Visit our Sell Your Coins page to get a quick quote or contact us for more information.
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