• Buy a Sovereign for a future sovereign

    The Royal Mint has crafted  a special edition silver proof £5 Crown to celebrate the arrival of the new Prince of Cambridge. Appropriately, the coin features a classic St George and the Dragon design, created by the great gem engraver Benedetto Pistrucci in 1817.
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  • 2012 Gold Sovereign

    The 2012 Diamond Jubilee Sovereign

    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.
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  • 2012 Gold Sovereign

    60 years of The Queen’s Coinage

    The first coins of The Queen's reign appeared in 1953.

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  • 2012 Gold Sovereign

    The Queen's Coronation

    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.
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  • 2012 Sovereign Designer - Paul Day

    Paul Day - 2012 Sovereign Reverse Designer

    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.

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  • Benedetto Pistrucci - Royal Mint Chief Engraver

    Benedetto Pistrucci Royal Mint Chief-Medallist

    Benedetto Pistrucci was born in Rome on 29 May 1784 and came to London in 1815. He 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.
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  • The History of the Gold Sovereign

    History of the gold sovereign

    In 1489 King Henry VII instructed the Royal Mint to produce ‘a new money of gold’. The new coin was to be the largest coin yet seen in England, both in size and value, and was to be called a gold Sovereign.
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  • St George and the dragon

    The Legend of St George the Dragon Slayer

    St George the Dragon Slayer is one of medieval Europe’s greatest legends and represents the victory of good over evil. Discover the origins of this famous legend...
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