Quarter Sovereign, Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Quarter Sovereign, Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 2009 - )
Coin TypeQuarter Sovereign

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.

The Royal Mint issues several denominations of the Sovereign: Five Sovereigns (Quintuple Sovereign, five pounds gold), Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign and Quarter Sovereign; the quarter is the most recent addition to the range, having been issued only since 2009. Their designs 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 / Quarter Sovereign - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend (in Latin).

Obverse InscriptionLegend of the ruling British monarch
Reverse
United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign - 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.

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

In exergue, the date: [year].

Reverse Inscription[year]
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Quarter Sovereign (13)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Quarter Sovereign 2009 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Quarter Sovereign 2010 14,992 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Quarter Sovereign 2011 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Quarter Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee 7,716 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Quarter Sovereign 2013 3,425 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Quarter Sovereign 2014 (Proof only) 1,886 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Quarter Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait, Proof only) 1,808 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Quarter Sovereign 2015 (Fifth Portrait, Proof only) 1,148 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Quarter Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait 1,727 Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF
Quarter Sovereign 2017 Garter 4,188 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Quarter Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee 4,650 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Quarter Sovereign 2019 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Quarter Sovereign 2020 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
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Quarter Sovereign: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-types Quarter Sovereign St George
From2009
Face Value1/4 (x Pound)
CurrentYes
Material0.917 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)13.5000
Mass (g)2