Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait)

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 current sovereign is a continuation of the pre-decimal 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.

MintMint markTotal Mintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 5,436
MMTC-PAMP Letter I unknown
Obverse

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Reverse

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: 2015.

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

The figure is based on the original design of 1820 with St George's plumed helmet without its streamer.

Some of the coins were struck by MMTC-PAMP in India and have the letter I as a mint mark, in relief on the ground below St George's horse.

Reverse Inscription 2015
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

890 bullion coins (Brilliant Uncirculated grade) plus 4,346 individual proofs, plus coins in sets etc.
Mintage of the coins struck in India is unknown.

Spink lists 6,045 proofs from 2015 with the Fourth Portrait (incl. coins in sets) under SC7, then separately 4,346 proofs from 2015 with the Fourth Portrait under SC9?

Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC (Royal Mint)
Mintage 4,346 (included in total)
Variety Proof FDC First Strike (Royal Mint)
Mintage 200 (included in total)
Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait): References to Information Used
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All (48) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Sovereign (Decimal)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Sovereign 1974 5,002,566 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1976 4,150,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1978 6,550,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1979 9,150,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1980 5,181,200 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1981 5,032,960 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1982 2,970,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) 21,250 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1984 (Proof only) 12,880 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) 11,393 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1986 (Proof only) 5,079 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) 9,979 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) 7,670 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary 23,471 Seated on Throne, by Bernard Sindall ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Sovereign 1990 (Proof only) 4,767 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) 4,713 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) 4,772 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1993 (Proof only) 4,349 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1994 (Proof only) 4,998 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1995 (Proof only) 7,500 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) 7,500 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1997 (Proof only) 7,500 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) 10,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 1999 (Proof only) 11,903 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2000 138,978 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2001 58,377 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2002 Golden Jubilee 87,764 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2003 55,663 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2004 40,863 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2005 58,042 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2006 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2007 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2008 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2009 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2010 252,814 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2011 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee 10,060 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2013 10,938 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2014 4,695 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 5,436 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2015 (Fifth Portrait) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2016 (Fifth Portrait) 1,251 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait 7,995 Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2017 (Bullion) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2017 Garter 12,681 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2019 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2020 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
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Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSovereign, St George (Decimal)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
ReverseSt George the Dragon-Slayer
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Total Mintage5,436
CurrentYes
Material0.917 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)22.0500
Thickness (mm)1.5200
Mass (g)7.9800
OCC IDYAPV-ZOYR-CGRA-ELMD
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Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomSC7 (was 4433), SC7A (I mint mark)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1002.1