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Coin: Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary

1989 sovereigns and half sovereigns did not use the by now traditional St. George and Dragon reverse design. Instead to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first gold sovereign for Henry VII in 1489, the designs chosen for both sides of the 1989 gold coins reflected the designs originally used five centuries ago. Very few coins or currencies can boast such lengthy service.

The original sovereigns were intended to be used as a symbol of Britain's importance and wealth, to impress the rest of Europe.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeSovereign (Decimal, 500th Anniversary)
Year1989 CurrentYes
Mintage28,000 (28000)
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint 28,000 (28000) No mint mark
MaterialGold DesignerBernard Sindall
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigySeated on Throne, by Bernard Sindall
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)1.5200
Mass (g)7.9881

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, seated enthroned, facing forward; around, ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D. The entire design, including the style of the lettering, is inspired by the original 1489 sovereigns.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D.

A crowned shield at the centre of a Tudor rose; around, ANNIVERSARY · OF · THE · GOLD · SOVEREIGN · 1489 · 1989. Again this design, and the lettering, are in a style similar to that on the very first gold sovereign issues.

Reverse inscription


EdgeMilled Edge inscription


Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 956
Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary: References to Information Used
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage
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Sovereign 1982 Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) Sovereign 1984 (Proof only) Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) Sovereign 1986 (Proof only) Sovereign 1987 (Proof only)
Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary Sovereign 1990 (Proof only) Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) Sovereign 1993 (Proof only)
Sovereign 1994 (Proof only) Sovereign 1995 (Proof only) Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) Sovereign 1997 (Proof only) Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) Sovereign 1999 (Proof only)
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