2020 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign Royal Cypher
2020 gold proof Sovereign with a special mint mark to honour George III.
George III's Royal Cypher
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. George III was on the British throne at the time and its his legacy that’s celebrated on the 2020 Sovereign, 200 years after the end of his reign.
For this year only, The Royal Mint authorised a special cypher mint mark to be included on the reverse of their proof Sovereigns. A cypher combines the initials of a monarch with their title. In this case, Kerry Davies' design includes an 'R' for 'Rex' and a 'G' for 'George'.
It's a subtle motif that sits next to the date on the reverse of these coins, speaking to their long history. The Sovereign has been minted to the same specification since George's reign so it's appropriate means to mark this significant anniversary.
Pistrucci's Saint George
The 2020 mint mark is a small modification to an iconic reverse design, used on Sovereigns since their inception. His instantly-recognisable Saint George and the Dragon design, crafted by Italian artist, Benedetto Pistrucci, 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.
For the 2020 Sovereign, Pistrucci's historic reverse is paired with Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. Introduced to British coinage in 2015, this fifth official effigy shows the artists initials below the traction of Elizabeth II's neck with the legend reading: 'ELIZABETH II ∙ DEI ∙ GRA ∙ REGINA ∙FID ∙ DEF'.
Limited Edition Coin
Your 2020 gold proof Sovereign comes in its original packaging from The Royal Mint. This comprises of an attractive wooden presentation box in which the coin is secured safely in its capsule. A numbered certificate of authenticity is enclosed.
Just 7,995 proof Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in this presentation in 2020.
Like all Sovereigns, this one is exempt from Capital Gains Tax as UK legal tender and free from VAT as investment grade gold. This - added to the beautiful proof finish - makes this 2019 coin a great investment as well as an appealing collectors piece.
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