2005 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Proof Full Sovereign Saint George
2005 proof Sovereigns feature a unique, one-year-only Saint George reverse by Timothy Noad.
The Story of the Sovereign
The earliest 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.
Just 12,500 gold proof Sovereigns were struck by The Royal Mint in 2005.
Timothy Noad's Saint George
For much of its long history the modern Sovereign has featured an iconic reverse design, crafted by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. His instantly-recognisable Saint George design shows England's patron saint mounted on a horse, slaying a dragon which cowers underfoot.
For 2005 Sovereigns, this historic motif was replaced with a very different Saint George, crafted by heraldic artist Timothy Noad. His design centres on a crusader shield with Saint George's Cross, which protects a sword-wielding Saint, about to strike a winged dragon. It's an action-packed, dynamic image.
Noad's reverse is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley's depiction 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 Elizabeth II’s portrait.
Limited Edition Presentation
Your limited edition 2005 proof Sovereign is offered in its original packaging from The Royal Mint. This consists of a velvet lined presentation box in which the coin is situated inside a protective capsule. Also included: a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Also worth considering:
- Our 2005 bullion Sovereigns feature the same design and are graded about Extremely Fine or better
- 2005 four coin proof sets include the 2005 Sovereign, Half Sovereign, Double Sovereign and Quintuple Sovereign
- 2012 Sovereigns also feature an alternate, Saint George-inspired reverse design, crafted by Paul Day
- Just looking to invest in gold? Our best value, mixed year bullion Sovereigns are our top priced offer
All Sovereigns, including those struck in 2005, 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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