Double Sovereign (Decimal), Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Double Sovereign (Decimal), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1980 - )
Coin TypeDouble Sovereign (Decimal)

The sovereign is a gold coin of the United Kingdom, with a nominal value of one pound sterling. Struck from 1817 until the present time, it was originally a circulating coin (see pre-decimal Sovereign) accepted in Britain and elsewhere in the world; it is now a bullion coin not intended for circulation, the intrinsic value of which is much higher than its face value.

In most recent years, it has borne on the reverse Benedetto Pistrucci's design of Saint George and the Dragon, created in 1817. Occasionally, the Royal Mint also releases one-year types.

There are several denominations of the Sovereign: Five Sovereigns (Quintuple Sovereign, five pounds gold), Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign and Quarter Sovereign; the current double sovereign - with face value of £2 is a continuation of the pre-decimal double sovereign, and has been issued as a decimal coin since 1974.

The designs of all denominations are identical, as - according to tradition - this type of coin has never had its value and denomination spelled out anywhere on the coin. The various denominations are only distinguished by size and weight, these being exactly in proportion to their face value. Since 1817, the composition has always been 22 carat (91.7%) gold.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Double Sovereign (Decimal) - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend in Latin.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch
Reverse
United Kingdom / Double Sovereign (Decimal) - reverse photo

The reverse depicts, within a beaded border, an illustration of the legend of St George as the slayer of the dragon.

St George is on horseback, advancing to right, wearing a helmet and chlamys (cape, or cloak) fastened in front by a fibula, and holding a sword. His left hand clutches the rein of the horse's bridle, and he does not wear armour, other than on his lower legs and feet, with his toes bare. The saint's horse appears to be half attacking, half shrinking from the dragon, which lies wounded by George's spear and in the throes of death. The point of a spear is broken off in the dragon’s side; the shaft lays on the ground behind the horse.

In exergue, the date: [year].

Below the exergue line at right are the artist's initials B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci).

Reverse Inscription [year]
EdgeEdge Inscription
Notes

See also:
- Saint Helena Double Sovereign

Coin Type: Double Sovereign (Decimal) - (35) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Double Sovereign 1980 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 1980 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 1980 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 10,000
Double Sovereign 1982 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 1982 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,500
Double Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 13,000
Double Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 5,849
Double Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,801
Double Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,551
Double Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 14,936
Double Sovereign 1990 (Proof only) Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 716
Double Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 620
Double Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 476
Double Sovereign 1993 (Proof only) Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 414
Double Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 742
Double Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,349
Double Sovereign 2000 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2000 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,250
Double Sovereign 2002 Golden Jubilee United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2002 Golden Jubilee - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2002 Golden Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 6,947
Double Sovereign 2003 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2003 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2003 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 3,787
Double Sovereign 2005 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2005 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2005 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,958
Double Sovereign 2006 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2006 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,290
Double Sovereign 2007 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2007 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,401
Double Sovereign 2008 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2008 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,333
Double Sovereign 2009 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2009 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,416
Double Sovereign 2010 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2010 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,019
Double Sovereign 2011 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2011 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,149
Double Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,054
Double Sovereign 2013 United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2013 - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,019
Double Sovereign 2014 United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2014 - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,516
Double Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait, proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait, proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,100
Double Sovereign 2015 (Fifth Portrait, proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2015 (Fifth Portrait, proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,046
Double Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 925
Double Sovereign 2017 Garter United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2017 Garter - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2017 Garter - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,198
Double Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,600
Double Sovereign 2019 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2019 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2019 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Double Sovereign 2020 United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2020 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2020 - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Double Sovereign 2021 United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2021 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2021 - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Double Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - reverse photo United Kingdom / Double Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
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Double Sovereign (Decimal): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-types Double Sovereign, St George (Decimal)
Double Sovereign, One year types (Decimal)
From1980
Face Value2 (x Pound)
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Mass15.980 g