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The gold sovereign is unquestionably one of Britain’s most famous coins, so full of history that it is considered by many as the flagship coin of the Royal Mint.
In 1489 King Henry VII instructed The Royal Mint to produce 'a new money of gold'. The new coin was to be called the gold Sovereign.
St George the Dragon Slayer is one of medieval Europe’s greatest legends and represents the victory of good over evil.
In almost 200 years the design has rarely changed, with only a handful of reverse designs appearing on The Sovereign since 1817.
Before the First World War The Sovereign was a firmly established part of circulating currency in Britain, having been in use since 1817.
Benedetto Pistrucci engraved the coin portraits of both George III and George IV but is perhaps best known for his magnificent Waterloo Medal and his George & Dragon created for the new gold sovereign of 1817.
The 2012 sovereign is Paul Day's first design for the Royal Mint. Paul’s design was chosen from a number of designs put in front of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee as a result of a design competition including a total of five designers.
In celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the 2012 Sovereign features a brand new design for one year only.
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The first coins of The Queen's reign appeared in 1953.
In celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the 2012 Sovereign features a brand new design for one year only. Discover the new Diamond Jubilee Sovereign design from the Royal Mint.