Double Sovereign 2021 Tudor Rose, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Double Sovereign 2021 Tudor Rose, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinDouble Sovereign 2021 Tudor Rose

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.

Released to celebrate the 95th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II, the 2021 Double Sovereign Gold Proof coin features a design inspired by the very first Sovereign minted in 1489 during the reign of King Henry VII.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage100
Obverse
Saint Helena / Double Sovereign 2021 Tudor Rose - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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). In small letters on the left, the artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2021 ·. 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 · 2021 ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Double Sovereign 2021 Tudor Rose - reverse photo

At centre, the reverse design of the coin displays the crowned Royal Shield of Arms of the United Kingdom, over a double Tudor rose and surrounded by a beaded circle.

Around, the inscription + IHESVS · AVTEM· TRANSIENS · PER · MEDIVM · ILLORVM · IBAT followed by a double trefoils; translated as “But Jesus walked right through the crowd and went on his way.” (Luke 4:30), the text is the same inscription as featured on the original 1489 sovereign.

Reverse Inscription + IHESVS · AVTEM· TRANSIENS · PER · MEDIVM · ILLORVM · IBAT
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof.
Packaging: in presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
East India Company SKU: FG21SOVGPDSV
Issue price: £1,295.00

See also

A double sovereign with a similar design was issued for the 500th anniversary of the denomination in 1989 by the United Kingdom.

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Double Sovereign 2021 Tudor Rose: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeDouble Sovereign
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
ReverseRoyal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Total Mintage100
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.040 mm
Mass15.980 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-AMJJ-EYPL
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