200 Years of the Sovereign
Friday, 4 November 2016 | Gareth
In 1817, The Sovereign was reborn as the embodiment of the Gold Standard. It has actually remained a constant through two centuries of financial and social development, still pertinent as a worldwide traded bullion coin and in-demand as a commemorative coin.
This special release returns to Benedetto Pistrucci’s original ‘garter’ masterpiece, struck for the very first time since 1820. The familiar St George and the dragon style is surrounded by the complete Latin inscription and garter border initially struck on the Sovereigns of 1817. For this 2017 edition of the 22 carat gold Proof coin, the date appears on the obverse for the very first time because 1887.
The accompanying booklet reveals the story of The Sovereign’s revival, its links with the Gold Standard and consists of an excerpt from Dr Kevin Clancy’s book A History of The Sovereign: Chief Coin of the World, a Royal Mint Museum Publication.