Before the issuance of the British Gold Britannia coins, the Royal Mint of England produced other gold bullion coins for collectors. For example, the Royal Mint issued a collective three-coin set in 1986 to mark the 1986 Commonwealth Games held in Scotland. The set included two gold sovereigns and a special 2 Pound sterling gold coin. Now, 1986 Proof British Gold 3-Coin Sets are available to you for purchase online from JM Bullion with the original packaging.
Coin Set Highlights:
- Arrive in a commemorative, red Royal Mint of England box with a Certificate of Authenticity!
- Issued to mark the 1986 Commonwealth Games!
- Limited issue of only 1,500 sets!
- Contains a total of .8239 Troy oz of actual gold content.
- Obverse of all coins includes a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse of the coins depicts either St. George slaying the dragon or the Scottish thistle.
The XIII Commonwealth Games was hosted in Edinburgh, Scotland, during the summer months of 1986. The games were held between July 24th and August 2nd of that year with only 27 of the Commonwealth nations agreeing to participate. A total of 32 different nations in the Commonwealth boycotted the games, with Bermuda being the last nation to withdraw having opted to depart the games after the opening day of competition.
Despite the boycott and political sensitivity around the event, this set is still remembered fondly among collectors. The 1986 Proof British Gold 3-Coin Set marked the first time in British history that a legal tender gold coin set was released by the Royal Mint to celebrate a sporting event.
Obverse designs in the 1986 Proof British Gold 3-Coin Set all feature Queen Elizabeth II. This is the third-generation portrait from the Royal Mint of England and it was created in 1984 by Raphael Maklouf. It is considered one of the more ornate portraits of the Queen to ever feature on British denominations.
Reverse designs vary based on the coin you are viewing in the 1986 Proof British Gold 3-Coin Set. Two of the coins have the Benedetto Pistrucci design of St. George slaying the dragon, the iconic design that features on all British Gold Sovereigns. The other coin has St. Andrews cross in the background with a Scottish thistle in the foreground. The use of the Scottish thistle honors Scotlands role as the host nation of the XIII Commonwealth Games.
This 1986 Proof British Gold 3-Coin Set is available to you with an individual slot for each of the three gold coins. The coins are housed in a red Royal Mint presentation box and come with a Certificate of Authenticity. Included in the set are three coins in all: a 2 Pound sterling gold coin, a British Gold Sovereign, and a British Gold Half Sovereign.
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