Gold Sovereigns

1957 Royal Mint

22 Carat Gold

With George VI's death, his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, became Queen in 1953. No sovereigns were issued for circulation until 1957 when with the sovereigns continued popularity as currency in many countries, many private mints had been counterfeiting sovereigns. In a move intended to blunt the counterfeiters, the Royal Mint once again struck bullion sovereigns, although sovereigns were also minted but not issued for Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Issued from 1957 to 1968, except for 1960 and 1961.

1957 Gold Sovereign Reverse

1957 Gold Sovereign Obverse

Sovereigns were reintroduced in 1957 showing the young laureate, first, portrait which was used on all Elizabeth II pre-decimal coins, the same portrait had also been used for other denominations in 1953 with different wording. The coins of 1957 have a slightly finer grained milled edge.
None of the issues of 1957, 1958 or 1959 were released for circulation in the UK but released overseas "to meet a demand which if left unsatisfied might give rise to counterfeiting" 9.
An understatement to say the least, counterfeiting had long been a problem and since the 1925 re-strikes had failed to reduce the problem, bullion production once again resumed after an absence of 35 years.
Since The Queen’s crowning in 1953 there have been four effigies of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Previous effigies have been designed by Mary Gillick (1953), Arnold Machin (1974), Raphael Maklouf (1985) and most recently, existing portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley (1998)



Composition: 91.67% Gold
8.33% Copper
Gold Content: 0.2354 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 7.9881 grams
Size: 21.5 mm
Reverse: Benedetto Pistrucci
Obverse: Mary Gillick
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