This was a year of turbulence for the Royal Family, with the Queen describing 1992 as an 'annus horribilis'. Though she celebrated her Ruby Jubilee early in the year, a fire ravaged Windsor Castle in November. There was a significant change to the United Kingdom's coinage, as a new lighter and smaller 10p was launched with a portrait of The Queen by Raphael Maklouf on its obverse. It is that very portrait that adorns the obverse of this original Half-Sovereign struck in 1992, paired with the classic St George and the dragon design on its reverse. An authentic gift to mark the moment or a fine addition to any collection.
An original gift is so difficult to find, but the Royal Mint Originals offer a great solution – historic year-dated Sovereigns to recall special memories and mark those moments that feel like yesterday. These special Proof coins are supplied in their original packaging, making them wonderful collectors’ items and unusual gifts. Your chosen coin will feature either the portrait of The Queen by Arnold Machin RA, adopted for decimalisation, or the later effigy by Raphael Maklouf introduced in 1985. The young queen will no doubt bring back many memories.
What better coin to mark a significant moment than The Sovereign, the flagship coin of The Royal Mint? Highly collectable in its own right, The Sovereign, with over 500 years of history itself, is known all over the world for its famous St George and the dragon design by esteemed engraver Benedetto Pistrucci. The Sovereign is regarded as one of the world’s finest coins, held in high regard for the reliability of its 22 carat gold, its weight and quality carefully maintained by The Royal Mint.
With a range of Proof Sovereigns and Half-Sovereigns struck between 1981 and 1994 to choose from, the Royal Mint Originals make an excellent addition to any collection or the perfect gift to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special events. And for those celebrating a 21st or 30th birthday or anniversary in 2014, or even looking ahead to 2015, The Sovereign and The Half-Sovereign are both available now! Act quickly for these coins are, by nature, very limited.
|Alloy||22 Carat Gold|
|Reverse Designer||Benedetto Pistrucci|
|Obverse Designer||Raphael Maklouf|
|Pure Metal Type||Gold|