The Quarter-Sovereign is the newest member of the Sovereign family, and though it was introduced in 2009, it bears the pedigree of the noble Sovereign, first minted more than 500 years ago. Since it first appeared in 1817, Benedetto Pistrucci’s acclaimed George and the dragon has graced the gold coins of every British monarch. Sixty years on from its appearance on the first Sovereigns of the Queen’s reign in 1953, the classic design returns to the Sovereign family for 2013.
The introduction of the Quarter-Sovereign, which like all Sovereigns carries Pistrucci’s glorious representation of England’s patron saint and his battle for good, brings this beautiful design steeped in history within the reach of every collector.
The Quarter-Sovereign is struck in 22 carat gold to exacting Royal Mint Proof standard, and is just as perfect a representation of Pistrucci’s masterpiece as its larger cousins. Every last detail is finely reproduced – for Pistrucci’s original master tools are still used to create the dies for the Sovereign. And this Quarter-Sovereign is struck to Royal Mint Proof quality – the highest possible minting standard. To achieve the distinctive frosted finish to the design with a mirror-like background, coins are struck up to three times, the craftsmanship involved recognised as the pinnacle of the minter’s art.