Double Sovereign 2020 Spanish Dollar, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Double Sovereign 2020 Spanish Dollar, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinDouble Sovereign 2020 Spanish Dollar

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. 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.

Apart from the sovereigns of the United Kingdom, the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha has also authorised some mints to issue double sovereigns under its jurisdiction. These are denominated in Saint Helena Pounds - the local variation of the Pound Sterling. Following long-standing tradition, this type of coin has never had its value and denomination spelled out anywhere on the coin.

This coin is part of the 2020 series of five sovereign denominations which features five different designs dedicated to King George III.

The Mint says about it:
King George III ascended the British throne in 1760 and was to become England’s longest-ruling monarch until his granddaughter Queen Victoria. During his 59-year reign he presided over victory in the Seven Years’ War, a successful resistance to the threat of a Revolutionary and Napoleonic France and most famously the loss of the American Revolution. His reign saw the acquisition of Australia and New Zealand to the British Empire, the abolition of the Slave Trade throughout British colonies and the uniting of Great Britain and Ireland by the Act of Union creating a new "United Kingdom".

A devoted family man, King George III was conscientious and well educated with a keen interest in science and the arts. Commemorating one of Britain’s most famous and controversial monarchs on the 200th anniversary of the end of his reign in 1820, this series of five 2020 Sovereign denominations promises to be one of the most faithful and unique tributes to his reign celebrating some of his most exceptional coin designs and exploring the fascinating stories behind them.

The 2020 Double Sovereign features the effigy of King Charles III of Spain inset with the effigy of King George III, as it appeared on the famous counter-stamped Spanish Dollars of 1797.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage200
Obverse
Saint Helena / Double Sovereign 2020 Spanish Dollar - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide but "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, where the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald was fifth).

The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen mother) in 1937.

Unlike on British coinage, the effigy is "uncouped" (includes the Queen's shoulders). The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in tiny letters below left, above the Queen's shoulder.

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, Saint Helena.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Double Sovereign 2020 Spanish Dollar - reverse photo

At its centre, the reverse of the coin shows effigy of King Charles III of Spain, as it appeared on Spanish Dollar coins during his reign (1759 - 1788). Inset, a counterstamp with a small effigy of King George III which made the coins legal tender in Great Britain as emergency money.

Around the rim, the Royal motto · HONI · SOIT · QUI MAL · Y · PENSE · (translated from Old French: May he be shamed who thinks badly of it), and the date of issue 2020.

Reverse Inscription · HONI · SOIT · QUI MAL · Y · PENSE · 2020
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in presentation box with Certificate of Authenticity (50 coins), or in sets (150 coins).
East India Company SKU: SH20DBLSOV
Issue price: £1,295.00

Issued in Set
The 2020 Sovereign Gold Proof Five Coin Set, mintage 100
5 coins: Five Sovereigns 2020 (Saint George), Double Sovereign 2020 (Spanish Dollar), Full Sovereign 2020 (Spade Guinea), Half Sovereign 2020 (Half Crown), Quarter Sovereign 2020 (Dorrien and Magens Shilling)
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Double Sovereign 2020 Spanish Dollar: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeDouble Sovereign
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Total Mintage200
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.040 mm
Mass15.980 g
OCC IDMXKD-OKQC-DZYL-OWQJ
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