Sovereign 2022 Memorial, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

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.

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 modern 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.

In most recent years, the reverse has had Benedetto Pistrucci's design of Saint George and the Dragon; from time to time though - starting in 1989 - the Royal Mint issues one year type coins with different designs, as a celebration for major events (usually Royal in nature).

This coin is part of The Memorial Sovereign 2022 range issued in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

The coins in this range are the first sovereign-denominated coins to feature King Charles III’s official coinage portrait, which was created by British sculptor Martin Jennings.

The reverse design is by Jody Clark, who is best known for his Fifth Definitive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

Information about: Sovereign 2022 Memorial, Coin from United Kingdom
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Sovereign 2022 Memorial - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin displays the first definitive portrait of King Charles III, which shows his bare (uncrowned) head facing left.

Below the neck truncation in tiny letters, the artist's initials MJ (for Martin Jennings).

Around, the monarch's legend: CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF ·. Translated from Latin, the legend means: Charles the Third, by the Grace of God, King, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse Inscription CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Sovereign 2022 Memorial - reverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse of the coin displays a dynamic interpretation of the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom. In its standard variant used outside of Scotland, the shield is quartered, depicting in the first and fourth quarters the three passant guardant lions of England; in the second, the rampant lion and double tressure flory-counterflory of Scotland; and in the third, a harp for Ireland. The crest is a statant guardant lion wearing St Edward's Crown, himself on another representation of that crown standing on a knight's helmet.

The dexter (right) supporter is a likewise crowned English lion; the sinister (left), a Scottish unicorn. In the ground below, a thistle, Tudor rose and shamrock are depicted, representing Scotland, England and Ireland respectively.

The motto of English monarchs, DIEU ET MON DROIT (God and my Right), which has descended to the present royal family, is in a ribbon below, while a Garter circlet which surrounds the shield is inscribed with the Order of the Garter's motto, HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (from old French: Shame on he who thinks evil).

The designer's initials J.C (for Jody Clark) are in the right field.

On the ribbon below which has the motto, the date of issue 2022.

Reverse Inscription 2022
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin was issued in Proof FDC grade for collectors (individually boxed, or in sets) on 15 November 2022.
On 1 February 2023 it was also released as bullion (packaged individually in a plastic capsule or blister card, or 25 coins in mint tube).

Sovereign 2022 Memorial: Known varieties
Variety Bullion in capsule
Images United Kingdom / Sovereign 2022 Memorial / Bullion in capsule - obverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2022 Memorial / Bullion in capsule - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated) coin in plastic capsule.

Royal Mint Product Code: UKB22MSVC. Issue price: £423.17.

Variety Bullion in blister card
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated) coin in "assay card".

Royal Mint Product Code: UKB22MSVBO. Issue price: £427.62.

Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Sovereign 2022 Memorial / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2022 Memorial / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 17,276. Mintage limit: 17,500
Details

Royal Mint Product Code: MSV22. Limited edition (individually boxed): 17,500. Maximum Coin Mintage (including coins in sets): 23,160. Issue price: £695.00.

Mintage of 17,276 was not final as of Februrary 2024.

Variety Proof in mint sets
Images United Kingdom / Sovereign 2022 Memorial / Proof in mint sets - obverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2022 Memorial / Proof in mint sets - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 5,450
Details

Proof FDC coin in a mint set.

In Sets Sovereign Milestones of His Majesty King Charles III, mintage unknown
3 coins: Sovereign 1958, Memorial Sovereign 2022, Coronation Sovereign 2023

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Sovereign 2022 Five-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 1,113
5 coins: Memorial Five Sovereigns 2022, Memorial Double Sovereign 2022, Memorial Sovereign 2022, Memorial Half Sovereign 2022, Memorial Quarter Sovereign 2022

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Sovereign 2022 Four-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 674
4 coins: Memorial Double Sovereign 2022, Memorial Sovereign 2022, Memorial Half Sovereign 2022, Memorial Quarter Sovereign 2022

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Sovereign 2022 Three-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 1,340
3 coins: Memorial Sovereign 2022, Memorial Half Sovereign 2022, Memorial Quarter Sovereign 2022

Queen Elizabeth II & King Charles III Two-Coin Sovereign Set, mintage unknown
2 coins: Memorial Sovereign 2022, Sovereign 1957
Variety Piedfort
Mintage Issued: 1,915. Mintage limit: 2,032
Details

Proof coin with double the thickness and weight of the normal coin: 22.05 mm, 15.98 g.

Royal Mint Product Code: MSV22. Limited Edition 2,022. Maximum Coin Mintage 2,032. Issue price: £1,280.00.

All (54) coins of type: Sovereign (Decimal)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Sovereign 1974 5,002,566 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1976 4,150,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1978 6,550,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1979 9,150,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1980 5,181,200 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1981 5,032,960 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1982 2,970,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) 21,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1984 (Proof only) 12,880 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) 11,393 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1986 (Proof only) 5,079 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) 9,979 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) 7,670 Queen Elizabeth II - 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 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) 4,713 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) 4,772 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1993 (Proof only) 4,349 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1994 (Proof only) 4,998 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1995 (Proof only) 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1997 (Proof only) 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 1999 (Proof only) 11,903 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2000 138,978 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2001 58,377 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2002 Golden Jubilee 87,764 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2003 55,663 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2004 40,863 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2005 Modern St George 58,042 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2006 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2007 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2008 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2009 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2010 252,814 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2011 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee 10,060 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2013 10,938 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2014 4,695 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 5,436 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2015 (Fifth Portrait) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2016 (Fifth Portrait) 1,251 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait 7,995 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2017 (Bullion) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2017 Garter 12,691 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2019 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2020 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2021 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Sovereign 2022 Memorial unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF ·
Sovereign 2023 Coronation unknown King Charles III - First Crowned Portrait CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF ·
Sovereign 2023 King's Birthday 860 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF ·
Sovereign 2024 unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF ·
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Sovereign 2022 Memorial: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSovereign, One year types (Decimal)
Issued2022
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyKing Charles III - First Portrait
ReverseRoyal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit23,160
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.0500 mm
Thickness1.520 mm
Mass7.9881 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-MMDW-EYJD
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