The 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.