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 (91.67%) gold.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign - obverse photo

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

Obverse Inscription Legend 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]
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

See also:
- Saint Helena Quarter Sovereign

Coin Type: Quarter Sovereign - (15) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Quarter Sovereign 2009 United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2009 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2009 - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Quarter Sovereign 2010 United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2010 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2010 - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 14,992
Quarter Sovereign 2011 United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2011 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2011 - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Quarter Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 7,716
Quarter Sovereign 2013 United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2013 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2013 - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 3,425
Quarter Sovereign 2014 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2014 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2014 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,886
Quarter Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait, Proof only) United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait, Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait, Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,808
Quarter Sovereign 2015 (Fifth Portrait, Proof only) United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2015 (Fifth Portrait, Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2015 (Fifth Portrait, Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,148
Quarter Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,727
Quarter Sovereign 2017 Garter United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2017 Garter - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2017 Garter - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,188
Quarter Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 3,284
Quarter Sovereign 2019 United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2019 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2019 - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Quarter Sovereign 2020 United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2020 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2020 - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Quarter Sovereign 2021 United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2021 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2021 - obverse photo Material: 0.917 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Quarter Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - reverse photo United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
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Quarter Sovereign: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-types Quarter Sovereign St George
From2009
Face Value1/4 (x Pound)
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size13.500 mm
Mass2.000 g