For the 2012 Sovereign coin, The Royal Mint launched a competition to find a new design. The Royal Mint Advisory Committee eventually selected a design by the British sculptor Paul Day. 


“I have chosen to opt for a romantic version of the St George and the dragon theme,” said Paul, “a medieval knight of Arthurian legend rather than a classical hero. I have given the dragon a more threatening attitude and size, so that it represents a real menace and not a weak foe.”


Paul deliberately left very little empty space, making the reverse as engaging as possible and very different from the obverse. As he says, “I have always been attracted to detail which requires a closer look to be unpicked and fully understood.”

Specification

The Sovereign 2012 proof

Specification Value
Denomination £1
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.98 g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Paul Day
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Quality Proof
Year 2012
Pure Metal Type Gold
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