20 Aug 2014
Supporting the centuries-old tradition of giving zodiac coins at the Lunar New Year
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Each year this strictly limited edition coin is among our most sought after, its release eagerly awaited by collectors and lovers of gold alike. Containing almost 40 grammes of 22 carat gold – five times the gold of a single Sovereign – the £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Gold Sovereign is hugely impressive. And in 2013 a design that has become not only a numismatic classic but also a sign of elegance, of quality and of reliability, is back – the classic St George and the dragon returns.
In 1815 Benedetto Pistrucci, a famed Italian gem engraver, came to Britain and to The Royal Mint under the patronage of the Prince Regent. A year later he created a design of such mastery that it has endured for almost two centuries. His classically inspired interpretation of the legend of St George slaying the dragon has become renowned not only for its beauty but also as a marker of taste and of excellence, ensuring the Sovereign is desired and coveted the world over.
And the £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Gold Sovereign is such an imposing incarnation of Pistrucci’s numismatic masterpiece. Five times the 22 carat gold of an individual Sovereign and more than 36 millimetres in diameter – every nuance of the design can be appreciated. Just 750 coins are available at Brilliant Uncirculated standard – a higher quality than the coins in your pocket, carefully struck and polished – and they will be in high demand. Year on year this extremely limited issue sells out, for it is the aspiration of collectors and ideal for a precious moment that deserves the gift of glorious gold.
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This coin meets the highest standard of quality and presentation that the Royal Mint has shown over the years. Its premium price is merited for collectors.