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1995 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign

1995 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign Boxed
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£650.00
(VAT Exempt)
Proof gold Sovereign from 1995 from a limited presentation of just 9,330 pieces. This coin features Raphael Maklouf’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, a decade after it was introduced to UK coinage. The youthful, tiara-wearing effigy of Elizabeth II was used between 1985 and 1997. Machin’s initials appears on the truncation of the Queen’s neck, the portrait dividing the legend into two parts. This design is paired with a historic engraving, created for the first modern Sovereigns. It was created by an Italian artist named Benedetto Pistrucci and has been employed on a large number of Sovereigns and other denominations over the years. It’s a classic design, instantly recognisable to numismatists. You can appreciate both designs as the artist intended thanks to the fine proof finish. Intended for collectors, proof coins are struck multiple times with hand-prepared dies producing a sharp, high contrast appearance, rich with detail. Only proof Sovereigns were struck by The Royal Mint between 1983 and 1997 making this issue an essential addition. In other respects this 1995 proof coin maintains the rigid specifications set down for British Sovereigns: it’s composed of 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold, has a diameter of 22.05 millimetres and a milled edge. It’s offered in its original case and capsule from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed.
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Gold 'full' Sovereign: one of 9,330 issued in 1995.

History of the Sovereign

The Gold Sovereign dates back over 500 years, to the reign of Henry VII in 1489. The prestigious name was revived for a new coin, first minted in 1817 in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. 

This new gold Sovereign was composed of 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold (.2354 troy ounces) and had a diameter of 22.05 millimetres. These specifications have remained the same down the centuries and today’s Sovereigns are still minted to the same standards. Nominally, Sovereigns have a face value of one Pound sterling though their gold content means they are worth significantly more.

The most sought after Sovereigns offered by The Royal Mint are undoubtedly their proof coins. Intended for collectors, these pieces have the finest available finish and are offered annually in limited numbers.

Saint George and the Dragon

For much of its history the modern Sovereign has featured an instantly-recognisable reverse design, crafted by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. His classic Saint George and the Dragon motif 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.

Between 1985 and 1997 British money, including gold Sovereigns, featured a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by renown sculptor Raphael Maklouf to the obverse. His effigy shows the Queen wearing the George IV State Diadem. Maklouf's initials can be seen on the truncation of her neck.

A Collectible Gold Coin

Proof coins are always offered in limited numbers while their bullion counterparts are often easier to acquire. Between 1983 and 1997 no bullion Sovereigns were struck making the proof coins all the more sought after. They have a high-definition, high-contrast finish, achieved with multiple strikes of hand-prepared dies.

Only 9,330 proof Sovereigns were issued in this individual presentation in 1995.

Your proof Sovereign comes in it is original presentation case from The Royal Mint. The coin remains sealed in it capsule meaning the proof finish is well preserved. The original numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

You might also want to consider a couple of alternatives including proof 1995 Half Sovereigns and our best value, mixed year Sovereigns.

All Sovereigns, including those struck in 1995, 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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