Buy 2022 Memorial Gold Sovereign
The Memorial Sovereign range is a tribute to the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II who passed away in September 2022. This is the second Sovereign range offered by the UK's national mint in this year: a first for collectors of these prestigious gold coins.
The first 2022-dated Sovereign release features a portrait of Her Majesty paired with a special reverse design by Timothy Noad, created to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. She had marked an astonishing 70 years on the throne earlier in the year.
The Royal Mint's Memorial range utilises another one-off reverse design, paired with a portrait of King Charles III who acceded to the throne at the age of 73.
Gold Sovereigns have always had a close association with the British monarchy with special issues offered by the Mint to mark important royal milestones. It's fitting that this unprecedented second collection - including bullion coins, proof editions and collectors sets - has been authorised to commemorate such an important moment for the royal family.
Definitive Coin Portrait of King Charles
2022 Memorial Sovereigns are the first of these historic gold coins to be issued with a portrait of King Charles III.
The new definitive coin effigy is the same one being used on circulating UK money and is the work of British sculptor Martin Jennings. He's known for his public statues of British literary figures like John Betjeman, Charles Dickens and George Orwell. Jennings' design was personally approved by His Majesty who is shown in profile without a crown. He looks to the left, the opposite direction to his mother, Queen Elizabeth, in adherence to a centuries-old coinage tradition.
All coins in the 2022 Memorial Sovereign family feature an obverse legend that reads 'CHARLES II · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF ·'.
New Royal Arms Reverse Design
Martin Jennings' new portrait is paired with a one-off reverse design by acclaimed coinage artist Jody Clark. This marks a rare deviation from the standard St George and the dragon motif, used perennially on gold Sovereigns since these coins were first struck in 1817.
Clark's design is a new take on the royal arms of the United Kingdom. The heraldic supporters that flank the central shield are the lion of England and the unicorn of Scotland, recalling the creatures that appeared on The Royal Mint's Queen's Beasts series, designed by Clark. The date features on a scroll, at the bottom of the coin along with the words 'DIEU ET MON DROIT'.
This design shares a theme with the special reverse commissioned for 2022 Platinum Jubilee Sovereigns. Timothy Noad's design is a clean-lined interpretation of the royal arms. Clark's work is stylistically different but presents a point of continuity in this time of royal transition.
Are 2022 Memorial Sovereigns Valuable?
As the first British Sovereigns of King Charles III's reign, 2022 Memorial Sovereigns are already proving popular with investors. Sovereigns with alternate reverse designs are particularly sought-after so the combination of the royal arms reverse and the new definitive portrait is sure to make these coins a key acquisition for Sovereign collectors.
Like all UK Sovereigns, these 2022 coins are sold without VAT as investment gold. When you come to sell you won't have to pay Capital Gains Tax because these Sovereigns are exempt as UK legal tender.
Bullion Sovereigns attract a healthy premium over their gold value, more for key dates. Proof editions and sets are produced in limited numbers which makes them more valuable. Here's the confirmed mintage figures for 2022 Memorial Sovereigns.
- 2022 Memorial Proof Sovereign - 17,500
- 2022 Memorial Proof Half Sovereign - 3,000
- 2022 Memorial BU Five Sovereign - 1,000
- 2022 Memorial Piedfort Sovereign - 2,022
- 2022 Memorial 5 Sovereign Set - 1,200
- 2022 Memorial 4 Sovereign Set - 750
- 2022 Memorial 3 Sovereign Set - 1,500
- 2022 Memorial Bullion Sovereign - To be confirmed
- 2022 Memorial Bullion Double Sovereign - To be confirmed
- 2022 Memorial Bullion Half Sovereign - To be confirmed
- 2022 Memorial Bullion Quarter Sovereign - To be confirmed
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