2018 Elizabeth II Proof Gold Quarter Sovereign Sapphire Jubilee
2018 gold proof Quarter Sovereign with a crown privy mark to celebrate the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee.
Story of the Quarter Sovereign
The first gold 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.
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.
In 2009 The Royal Mint introduced a new fractional issue to the Sovereign family. The Quarter Sovereign measures just 13.50 millimetres across and has a nominal face value of 25p. Like other gold Sovereigns, these coins are made from 22 carat gold with the Quarter Sovereign offering .0588 Troy ounces of gold.
Sapphire Anniversary Privy Mark
Since their introduction, most Quarter Sovereigns have featured an iconic reverse design, crafted by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci for the first modern Sovereigns, struck in 1817. His instantly-recognisable Saint George design shows England's patron saint mounted on a horse, slaying a dragon which cowers underfoot.
For 2018 only, the reverse of the Quarter Sovereign also features a tiny crown privy mark to the left of the date. This was authorised by The Royal Mint to mark Her Majesty the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee: a celebration of 65 years since her coronation.
Pistrucci's reverse is paired with Jody Clark's portrait of Elizabeth II. Introduced in 2015, this is the fifth official effigy used on the Queen's coinage since her coronation in 1953. Clark's initials – JC – appear below the truncation of her neck.
1,321 of these 2018 Quarter Sovereigns were struck by The Royal Mint, not including those that appeared in sets.
A Limited-Edition Collectible
Your 2018 proof Quarter Sovereign comes in its original packaging from The Royal Mint. This consists of an maroon card outer box and an attractive, high-shine wood presentation case in which the coin is situated inside a capsule. Also included: a numbered certificate of authenticity, confirming the specifications of this collector’s piece.
If you're in the market for a 2018 Sovereign there are a few alternative options to consider:
- 2018 proof 'full' Sovereigns feature the same privy mark but offer four times the amount of gold
- Bullion 2018 Sovereigns don’t feature the privy mark but contain the same amount of gold as the proof 'full' Sovereign
- Our 2018 bullion Half Sovereigns are half the weight of 'full' Sovereigns, great if you want to collect the date for a smaller price
- Another option: our best value, mixed year Sovereigns, great if you’re just looking to buy gold coins
All Quarter Sovereigns, including those issued in 2018, 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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