The sovereign gold coin of Great Britain is one of the oldest and most well-known coins still available in annual production today. The modern Great Britain Gold Sovereign coin originated out of the Great Recoinage of 1816 in the United Kingdoms parliament, remaking the 21-shilling guinea into a 1 pound coin. The 2018 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coins is currently available to you for online purchase from JM Bullion.
- Arrives in protective plastic flip or in tubes of 25 coins!
- First issued in 1817!
- Contains .2354 Troy oz of actual gold content in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of 1 (GBP) by Great Britain.
- Obverse includes the most recent effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse features the image of St. George and the dragon.
Great Britain has a tradition of issuing sovereign coins that dates back more than 500 years to the reign of King Henry VII in 1489. This was the year of the first issue of a gold coin known as a sovereign. The coins were so-named because the design on the obverse reflected the reigning sovereign leader of the nation, or the monarch.
Gold sovereign coins were issued by the United Kingdom from 1489 to 1603, and then ceased for a period of time. The modern Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin was first issued in 1817 with the same design concepts as the original coins upon which it was based. The reigning monarch is always featured on the obverse, with St. George captured on the reverse in battle with a dragon.
On the obverse of the 2018 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin is the current reigning monarch of Britain, and its longest reigning. Queen Elizabeth II is featured in right-profile relief in a fifth-generation portrait to capture Her Majesty during her impressive reign over the nation. Designed in 2015 by Jody Clark, it is the latest effigy to feature on Royal Mint coinage.
The reverse bears an iconic design of St. George battling the dragon. Depicted on horseback, St. George rides to battle with a sword in his right hand as he rolls over the dragon. Below the design is the year of issue for the 2018 Great Britain Gold Sovereign coin. This design is historic in its own right, featuring on the Gold Sovereign since 1817 when it was designed by Benedetto Pistrucci.
All 2018 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coins are part of a historic release. The 2018 issue year marks the 65th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth IIs coronation as Queen of England, with Her Majesty now enjoying the longest reign of any monarch in British history. Such a release is likely never to occur again!
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