A limited edition gold proof 2003 Sovereign to add to your collection.
The Story of the Sovereign
The first Sovereigns were struck during the reign of Tudor king Henry VIII. 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 but production ceased with the outbreak of the First World War. Reintroduced in 1957, annual issues attract investors and collectors with limited edition proof Sovereigns - hand-finished for a flawless effect - the most sought-after.
12,433 gold proof Sovereigns were issued in the year 2003, including those offered in sets.
Saint George and the Dragon
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.
Pistrucci’s reverse is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. In use between 1998 and 2015, this fourth official effigy shows a greater degree or realism than its idealised predecessors. Broadley’s initials - IRB - appear below the truncation of Elizabeth II's neck.
Limited Edition Presentation
Your 2003 proof Sovereign comes in its original packaging from The Royal Mint. This consists of a velvet lined presentation box in which the coin is presented inside a capsule. Also included: a numbered certificate of authenticity.
If you're in the market for a 2003 Sovereign there are several alternate options to consider:
- If you're not worried about the year and are looking to invest in gold then our best value Sovereigns - offered in good to fine condition - are your best choice
- Our top-quality bullion 2003 Sovereigns offer the same amount of gold as proof coins but are much more affordable. Ours are all graded about Extremely Fine or better
- Also available: bullion 2003 Half Sovereigns with exactly half the amount of gold of a 'full' Sovereign and a comparably reduced price
All Sovereigns, including those struck in 2003, 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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Proof - Boxed with certificate of authenticity
- A 2003 proof Sovereigns
- A flawless finish achieved with multiple strikes
- One of 12,433 issued in this year
- Reverse features Saint George and the dragon
- Design introduced in 1817 for the first modern Sovereigns
- Obverse shows Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of Elizabeth II
- 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold
- 22.05 millimetre diameter
- Offered in its original box with a certificate of authenticity
- VAT and Capital Gains Tax free
Steeped in more than 1,100 years of history, The Royal Mint supplies all of the United Kingdom's coinage as well as currency for nations around the world. Renown for craftsmanship and thoughtful design, The Royal Mint also produces commemorative coins, favoured by investors and collectors.
A Millennia of Minting
Founded in the reign of Alfred the Great, around the year 886, The Royal Mint was originally one of several mints which were centralised to London in 1279. For more than 800 years the Mint was based at the Tower of London before moving to Royal Mint Court where it remained until the 1960s.
The Royal Mint has always been on the forefront of economic, technical and artistic innovation. Its skilled craftsmen minted coins that would reach the far corners of the British Empire, establishing the image and reputation of Britain for all whose pockets they ended up in.
In 2010 The Royal Mint became a limited company owned by Her Majesty’s Treasury. In recent years the Mint has struck medals for the 2012 London Olympic Games and opened a visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, in Llantrisant, Wales: the current home of The Royal Mint.
Collecting and Investing
The Royal Mint's commemorative and bullion coins – often minted to mark important national events and anniversaries – are not intended for circulation. They might look like ordinary coins but they are generally worth much more, thanks to their scarcity, finish and composition.
Most commemorative coins produced by The Royal Mint are available in a range of striking standards including Gold Proof, Silver Proof, Brilliant Uncirculated and Bullion. Some are also available in collectors sets. Gold and Silver Proof coins are minted in small numbers, making them rare and desirable.
The Royal Mint's commemorative coins are both VAT-free and Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exempt, making them an attractive and valuable investment. Whether you are diversifying your investments or simply appreciate world-class design, commemorative coins from The Royal Mint are a great buy.
The Royal Mint at The Britannia Coin Company
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