Collectors will notice a change to this prestigious coin, as in 2014 it is renamed – The Five-Sovereign Piece – following the description of the Five-Guinea Pieces of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Although the term ‘five pounds’ was usual there are examples in the nineteenth century of the use of the name ‘five-sovereign pieces’. For example, Richard Sainthill a respected numismatist and friend of William Wyon, creator of the handsome Una and the Lion £5 piece, used the term in a letter of 1842 to the editor of the Literary Gazette describing the coin as, “The Five-Sovereign of Queen Victoria, the noblest coin in the English series.”
This impressive coin, the largest in The Sovereign 2014 Collection with almost 40 grammes of 22 carat gold, is struck to Brilliant Uncirculated standard. It is the only way to own the Five-Sovereign Piece 2014 struck to this standard, for it is not included in any set. Your coin is presented in a sumptuous display case with a numbered certificate confirming its provenance. With just 1,000 coins to be struck an early order is highly recommended.
In 2014 we celebrate the golden age of The Sovereign, looking back 100 years to a time when Britain’s circulating gold coinage, with The Sovereign at its very heart, was at its height. Today The Sovereign is struck in the same 22 carat gold of a century ago, to the same exacting specifications. The Five-Sovereign Piece – always primarily a coin for the discerning collector – bears the classical design, St George defeating the dragon in a scene captured with such mastery by Benedetto Pistrucci, one of the most famous engravers to have served The Royal Mint. And it carries the obverse portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, just as The Sovereign of 100 years ago bore the image of her grandfather, King George V.
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