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2012 Elizabeth II Gold Proof 5 Sovereign Set Diamond Jubilee

2012 Gold Proof 5-coin Sovereign set
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Five coin proof Sovereign set from a limited edition of just 956 pieces. In 2012 Her Majesty the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. The 60th anniversary of her accession was marked with a new, one-year-only Sovereign engraving from The Royal Mint, reinterpreting the classic Saint George and the Dragon motif, designed by Benedetto Pistrucci for the first modern Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns. The dynamic 2012 design is the work of British sculptor Paul Day. It fills the entirety of the reverse field of all of the coins in this set, the date squeezed in beneath the belly of the dragon. This is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Elizabeth II, in use on British money between 1998 and 2015. It’s the fourth official coinage portrait of the Queen. Outside of the special anniversary reverse these coins conform to the specifications established for coins in the Sovereign family by The Royal Mint. All are finished to finest proof standard, the finish protected by individual capsules. The total weight of the coins in this set is 69.87 grams (of 22 carat gold). You’ll receive your Diamond Jubilee set - the largest Sovereign set issued in 2012 - in its original presentation case with an information booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed.
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Five-coin gold proof Sovereign set featuring Paul Day's Diamond Jubilee reverse.

Gold Sovereign Sets

The very first gold Sovereigns were struck in the 1400s by the Tudor kings and their prestigious legacy was reclaimed when the modern Sovereign was introduced in 1817. Over the next century, Sovereigns became prized across the British Empire, trusted to contain a known and significant quantity of gold.

The Sovereign fell out of circulation in Britain with the start of the First World War. Since 1979, the Royal Mint has issued a new proof Sovereigns annually, attracting a dedicated group of collectors. Fresh designs are eagerly anticipated but older issues, particularly proof Sovereign sets remain popular.

In the past, gold Sovereign sets were issued by The Royal Mint to mark coronations. A very small number of proof coins were struck for Her Majesty's 1953 coronation but not issued. Proof Sovereigns would not be regularly struck until 1979 and a proof set would not be offered until 1980. Now they’re a regular feature of The Royal Mint’s offer.

Diamond Jubilee Reverse

In honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, The Royal Mint held a competition to find a special, one-time reverse for the 2012 Sovereign. The winning entry was by the British sculptor, Paul Day. Day's design is a take on Pistruccis' famous Saint George and the dragon scene, used on these coins since 1817.

Day's design fills the field and makes the dragon, snapping at the horses heels, as large as the figure of England's patron saint. The date is squeezed in beneath the beast's belly. It represents an emerging tradition at the Mint for celebrating royal anniversaries with alternate Sovereign designs.

This dynamic engraving 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.

Five Coin Presentation

This five coin Sovereign set was the largest offered in the Diamond Jubilee year (three coin and five coin sets were also sold). It contains a Five Sovereign (£5), a Double Sovereign (£2), a 'full' Sovereign, a Half Sovereign and a Quarter Sovereign - the full Sovereign family issued by The Royal Mint in this year.

Just 956 of these 5-coin sets were offered in 2012.

Each coin is struck to proof standard. Intended for collectors, proof coins are struck multiple times with hand finished dies for a superior appearance. In other respects these coins conform to the standard measurements and weights, excepting the alternate 2012 reverse.

You'll receive your five-coin Sovereign set in its original wood presentation packaging, lined with velvet. You'll also receive an information booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Interested in 2012 Sovereigns? We're carrying an extensive range including single proof 2012 Sovereigns and graded examples including a beautiful PF 70 Five Sovereign Diamond Jubilee coin.

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