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Coin: Two Pounds Gold 1989 500th Anniversary
Description

1989 gold coins 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 sovereign 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.

Gold bullion coin (not intended for general circulation). Proof only.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value2 (x Pound) TypeTwo Pounds (Decimal, Gold)
Year1989 CurrentYes
Mintage17,000 (17000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 17,000 (17000)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBernard R. Sindall
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigySeated on Throne, by Bernard Sindall
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)15.9200
Obverse

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
Reverse

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 inscriptionANNIVERSARY · OF · THE · GOLD · SOVEREIGN · 1489 · 1989
Edge Edge inscription
Two Pounds Gold 1989 500th Anniversary: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 957
Two Pounds Gold 1989 500th Anniversary: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage
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List of all (12) coins of type: United Kingdom / Two Pounds (Decimal, Gold)
Two Pounds Gold 1980 Two Pounds Gold 1982 Two Pounds Gold 1983 Two Pounds Gold 1985 Two Pounds Gold 1987 Two Pounds Gold 1988
Two Pounds Gold 1989 500th Anniversary Two Pounds Gold 1990 Two Pounds Gold 1991 Two Pounds Gold 1992 Two Pounds Gold 1993 Two Pounds Gold 1999