British Gold Sovereign coins are a unique combination of traditional manufacturing, attractive design and historical significance. The Royal Mint's flagship coin is synonymous with Britain and represents the power and wealth of the country. Gold sovereign coins are therefore accepted all over the world and have high liquidity value which makes them an essential investment to add to your portfolio.
The new Sovereign gold bullion coins (as Elizabeth Sovereigns are pronounced) are the essence of a solid investment in every aspect. Light and easy to carry, recognized and liquidated instantly in every single gold shop on the planet, often with a considerable premium over spot price, they are as rock-hard and dependable as any investments can be thanks to their prestige, history, aesthetic and commemorative value. The Royal Mint's solid faith in traditional specifications, the modern and advanced manufacturing procedures, together with its long history and global acceptance makes the Gold Sovereign a perfect option for investors who are looking for a safe haven with significant numismatic value.
Queen Elizabeth II Full Sovereign coins weigh 7.98 g of .917 purity gold, they are 22.05 mm in diameter and 1.56 mm thick. On the obverse, the new Queen Elizabeth II Sovereigns carry three main versions for the uncirculated coins of Her Majesty's effigy facing right (George V was facing left),created by notable engravers such as Raphael David Makloufor Ian –Rank Broadly and bear the inscriptions " ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REGINA FID DEF", meaning "Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, Queen-Defender of the Faith ".The phrases or letters have been used regularly on coinage since the 16th century.
In most issues, Benedetto Pistrucci's rendition of St George slaying the evil dragon adorns the reverse side. The heroic image was inspired by the Parthenon marbles at the British Museum, and commemorates Napoleon's defeat by the British forces at Waterloo. The date of issue appears on the reverse side. New Sovereign coins have a grained milled edge on both sides.
The new gold Sovereigns were initially struck as commemorative coins for Queen Victoria's coronation, but in 1957 the Royal Mint continued issuing the coin, this time strictly for investors and collectors. The coins feature the new royal portrait of the young Queen, aged just 26 at her Accession, and was unveiled in the autumn of 1952. It made its debut on the circulating coinage in 1953, the year of the Queen's Coronation, but while a complete set of coins was struck for archive purposes, no gold coins were authorized for general release. The precious pattern pieces and the original dies are now housed at the Royal Mint Museum.
2002 sovereigns have a crowned shield reverse design to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee year. This was only the second time in over a century that a design other than the familiar St. George and Dragon reverse has been used on British gold sovereigns. In 2005 and 2012 there were alternate one-off St. George & Dragon designs on the reverse of Elizabeth Sovereigns.
Not all fake sovereigns are created equal. Although the Royal Mint considers counterfeiting and fraud an extremely serious issue, Sovereign-mania particularly in the Middle East and India has bread a new generation of super forgers. Before the 1930s, fake coins contained very little valuable gold, and were consequently underweight, off-colour, of poor quality and not difficult to distinguish from a genuine gold sovereign. Today, millions of standard specifics (22 karat gold, weight) Elizabeth Gold Sovereigns are produced in factories all around the world. These coins are not worthless fakes, but copies produced for markets where original British Sovereigns are difficult to obtain if unavailable. Amazingly, many are alloyed with silver and are thus even more valuable than original Sovereigns. Mintmarks or trademarks indicate the manufacturer.
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