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The 2013 UK Gold Proof Sovereign

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  • A must-have: the flagship coin of Britain and the Royal Mint
  • St George returns for the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s first Sovereigns
  • Order now - the full 2012 Sovereign issue has sold out
  • Limited Edition Presentation: 7,500
  • Struck for the year of the birth of Prince George
Product code: SV13


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One of the world’s most sought after gold coins

The legend is back: the ultimate Sovereign design

The 2013 UK Gold Proof SovereignThe Sovereign was first minted more than 500 years ago, intended as a display of power, of prosperity, of wealth. In 1817 it was reimagined, designed to be an example of exquisite taste. The Sovereign remains a coin of distinction, the flagship coin of the Royal Mint and of Britain, highly prized for the classic beauty of Pistrucci’s George and the Dragon, which returns to the Sovereign in 2013, still the definitive edition. The Sovereign is always in demand – and there will be a Limited Edition Presentation of just 7,500 to cover global demand.

Since the recoinage of George III, when Benedetto Pistrucci created the now renowned George and the dragon to grace the new one-pound gold coin – the resurrected Sovereign – the design has appeared on the coinage of every British monarch. The Sovereigns of 2013 carry George and the dragon once more – 60 years after they first appeared on the first Sovereigns of the Queen’s reign and almost 200 years since Pistrucci himself conceived the design.

Such is the lasting appeal of Pistrucci’s model that commemorative editions appear only very rarely, like the new rendering of the St George legend for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The classic makes a welcome return in 2013, and when the Sovereign is minted to Royal Mint Proof standard – struck up to three times to ensure the signature frosted finish and mirror background – it is a thing of quite singular beauty.

St George and the dragon

The beauty of Pistrucci’s George and the dragon is esteemed by collectors and by appreciators of art the world over. And it has come to define the British Sovereign, not only valued for its beauty, but also coming to enshrine the Sovereign’s reputation for quality and reliability as one of the world’s premium gold coins.

So it is fitting that we return to the legend – that of the patron saint of England – in this, the 60th anniversary of a most glorious of occasions, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. There were 16 months between the Queen’s accession to the throne and her coronation in Westminster Abbey, and every moment was needed to plan a celebration that would lift the spirits of post-war Britain.

More than sixty years later, George and the dragon – now synonymous with the Sovereign – is paired with the portrait of HM the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley: the perfect example of tradition and artistry combined.

Now with a comprehensive booklet telling the story of the 2013 Sovereign Collection


2013 Proof Sovereign

Maximum Coin Mintage Limited Edition Presentation: 7,500
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.98 g
Diameter 22.05 mm
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Quality Proof

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stunning detail

Rated 5 out of 5
18 October 2013

in the past I have ordered bullion or uncirculated sovereigns for myself and I ordered this proof because it was the year my daughter was born and in the future I will give it to her, and throughout the day when I received it I was constantly taking it out of the box to look at it because the detail is so stunning !!!!


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01 March 2013


2013 gold proof sovereign

Rated 5 out of 5
25 November 2012

An absolute stunning coin, a pleasure to own and cherish for many years to come.

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