A five coin proof Sovereign set, issued to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the modern gold Sovereign, first struck in 1817.
200 Years of the Sovereign
Proof Sovereigns, struck in 2017 feature a historic reverse to celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the modern Sovereign. These gold coins were introduced in 1817 after a major overhaul of British coinage.
The design recreates the original variant of Benedetto Pistrucci’s iconic Saint George motif, as used on the 1817 Sovereign. While most modern Sovereigns feature only the mounted patron saint, dragon and date to the reverse, the earliest Sovereigns enclosed this design within a stylised garter which reads: 'HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE ·' ('shame on he who thinks evil of it').
This is paired with Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen: the fifth such official effigy used on her coinage. Unlike most Sovereigns the date appears on the obverse not the reverse.
Five Gold Proof Sovereigns
This 2017 proof set includes five 22 carat gold coins:
- 2017 proof Quarter Sovereign - 1.99 grams
- 2017 proof Half Sovereign - 3.99 grams
- 2017 proof 'full' Sovereign - 7.98 grams
- 2017 proof Double Sovereign or Two Sovereign piece - 14.96 grams
- 2017 proof Quintuple Sovereign or Five Sovereign coin - 39.94 grams
That equates to a total gold weight of 2.0599 Troy ounces for the entire five coin set.
Every coin is minted to flawless proof standard using a process that includes multiple strikes for a superior finish. The same garter reverse design appears across the set, scaled to the size of each piece.
Only 750 of these five coin sets were issued by The Royal Mint in 2017.
A Collectors Piece
This 2017 five coin proof Sovereign set is presented in its original high-shine wooden presentation box from The Royal Mint. The five coins are still sealed in their capsules and are accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.
We have a range of alternative options if you're in the market for 2017 Sovereigns:
All Sovereigns, including those in the 2017 five-coin Sovereign set 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
- Limited edition 2017 5 coin Sovereign set
- Contains Quintuple Sovereign, Double Sovereign, full Sovereign, Half Sovereign and Quarter Sovereign
- Features original garter Sovereign reverse by Benedetto Pistrucci
- Issued to celebrate 200th anniversary of the modern Sovereign
- Paired with Jody Clark's portrait of Elizabeth II
- A total of 2.0599 Troy ounces of gold
- Struck to flawless proof standard
- One of only 750 five-coin sets produced
- Original packaging with numbered certificate
- Capital Gains Tax and VAT exempt
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.
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