|Coin||Double Sovereign 2019 (Proof only)|
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.
The coins were issued in Proof FDC grade only, in sets and not individually.
The obverse of the coin shows the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").
Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.
In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).
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: 2019.
Below the exergue line at right are the artist's initials B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci).
|Issued in Set|
|The Sovereign 2019 Five-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage unknown, limited to 750
5 coins: Five Sovereigns, Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign, Quarter Sovereign
|The Sovereign 2019 Four-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage unknown, limited to 300
4 coins: Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign, Quarter Sovereign
|The Sovereign 2019 Premium Three-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage unknown, limited to 450
3 coins: Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign