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  • The Royal Mint’s 2021 Sovereign Collection celebrates Her Majesty the Queen’s 95th Birthday with the Five-Sovereign Piece being the largest in the collection.
  • The Five-Sovereign Piece is the largest and rarest of the coins in the 2021 Sovereign Collection and contains five times the weight of gold as the standard Sovereign.
  • Each Sovereign forming part of the collection features a unique privy mark - a Royal Crown with 95 entwined to celebrate the 95th birthday of The Queen.

As the original maker of UK coins, The Royal Mint has launched the Five-Sovereign Piece as the final coin in its popular 2021 Sovereign Collection marking and celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s 95th Birthday. Reborn in 1817, the consistent use of Pistrucci’s design has made The Sovereign accepted and trusted worldwide. Whilst also being an instantly recognisable coin, it has come to be a favourite amongst coin collectors across the globe.

The largest and rarest of the coins in the 2021 Sovereign Collection, the Five-Sovereign Piece allows collectors to admire the stunning detail of Benedetto Pistrucci’s acclaimed St George and the dragon design. The design has been digitally remastered from the original Pistrucci tooling, to ensure an accurate interpretation of his 200-year-old St George and the dragon design. This particular coin also contains five times the weight of gold as the standard Sovereign and will this year feature a special element in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday - a unique privy mark - a Royal Crown with 95 entwined.

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of the Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “As the Original Maker of UK coins, The Sovereign has been long associated with The Royal Mint’s 1,100-year history. The launch of the Mint’s annual Sovereign Collection has become eagerly anticipated by collectors across the globe, and we are delighted to be introducing the Five Sovereign Piece as the final coin in this year’s collection - the largest and rarest coin in The Sovereign 2021 Collection.

“This year marks a truly extraordinary and special moment in British royal history - Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday. To celebrate this remarkable milestone, the 2021 Five-Sovereign Piece will have an additional special element - a unique privy mark. The unique privy mark represents the royal cypher crown with the number ‘95’ to mark the celebration of Her Majesty’s 95th birthday – a fitting tribute to this wonderful milestone.”

Born on 21 April 1926, Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 95th birthday in 2021. Currently the world's longest reigning head of state and the longest reigning monarch in British history, she has overseen a period of extraordinary change. Throughout, The Sovereign has remained a symbol of quality and stability.

During the 19th century The Sovereign was known as ‘the chief coin of the world’, while its role has changed over the years that followed, it maintains a global reputation for accuracy, reliability and quality.

The 2021 Five Sovereign Piece will be available as a Brilliant Uncirculated edition. To view the coin visit


The Five-Sovereign Piece 2021 Gold Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Specifications

Coin title

The Five-Sovereign Piece 2021 Gold Brilliant Uncirculated Coin


The Five-Sovereign Piece

Issuing Authority



916.7 Au





Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Benedetto Pistrucci


Brilliant Uncirculated

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About The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage.

Today, The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.

The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organisation throughout its history - authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:

Precious Metals

Throughout history The Royal Mint’s name has been synonymous with precious metals and bullion. The organisation trades physical and digital precious metal worldwide and has a global network of distributor partners.

Consumer coin division

The organisation runs a thriving commemorative coin business, gifting, and a collector services division retailing historic coins, an authentication and valuation service and secure storage.

The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint entered the tourism business in 2016 when it opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales. The attraction welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year.


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