1989 Gold Proof 4 Sovereign Set 500th Anniversary
1989 four coin Sovereign set with unique designs by Bernard Sindall for the 500th anniversary of the first Tudor Sovereigns.
Five Hundred Years of Gold Sovereigns
The very first gold sovereigns were struck in 1489, during the reign of Henry VII: the first King of the Tudor dynasty. These early English sovereigns were much larger than those issued today but their prestigious legacy meant the name was reclaimed when the modern coin was introduced in 1817.
The coins in this four-piece set celebrate the long history of this prestigious coin with unique obverse and reverse designs by British artist Bernard Sindall.
Sindall was inspired by the earliest hammered sovereigns. Surviving examples feature a complex design, filled with symbols of royalty and imagery associated with the Tudor monarchs, most prominently the instantly recognisable Tudor Rose.
A One-Off Portrait of Elizabeth II
Coins from this 500th anniversary Sovereign set display a similar image of Elizabeth II, facing forward from King Edward's Coronation Chair and holding the Sovereign's Sceptre and Rod of Equity and Mercy. The 1989 Sovereign was the first time that the Queen was shown seated on her coinage. The inscription that circles the portrait in ornate gothic lettering reads: 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF'.
The reverse the four coins feature the shield of the British royal arms, ensigned by an open King's Crown, set upon the double Tudor Rose. The legend reads: 'ANNIVERSARY · OF · THE · GOLD · SOVEREIGN · 1489 · 1989'. This is the first and only time that the word 'sovereign' has appeared on a British coin though foreign mints sometimes used the word. Ordinarily, Royal Mint Sovereigns do not bear their denomination.
Collectible Anniversary Proof Set
The 1989 4 coin proof set includes a Quintuple Sovereign, a Double Sovereign, a 'full' Sovereign and a Half Sovereign. All are composed of 22 carat gold and finished to proof standard.
This four-coin set is from a limited mintage of 5,000 pieces.
The 500th anniversary Sovereign sets are among the most sought after of Elizabeth II proof sets, thanks to their unique designs, only ever used for these 1989 coins. This set is presented in its original leatherette case with its numbered certificate of authenticity
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