Gold Sovereigns

2002 Royal Mint

22 Carat Gold

Britain's 2002 gold sovereign honours the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth's reign by reviving a modern version of a coin design last seen on sovereigns struck for the same anniversary of Queen Victoria in 1887. Instead of the renowned Benedetto Pistrucci engraving of St. George and the Dragon, the reverse of the 2002 gold sovereign carries the royal coat of arms for only second time in 115 years. The only previous occasion was for the 500th anniversary of the sovereign coin in 1989.


2002 Royal Mint Gold Sovereign Shield Reverse

2002 Royal Mint Gold Sovereign Obverse
Mintage Limit
100,000

The design of a crowned shield of the Royal Arms within a wreath of laurel directly recalls the popular 'Young Head' sovereigns of Queen Victoria which were issued until her Golden Jubilee in 1887. This was Victoria's golden jubilee year, and the design of the sovereigns was changed in that year. In fact for the date 1887, three different sovereign designs were issued. It is perhaps fitting, then, that the Royal Mint appear to have chosen not only to change the gold sovereign design for our own queen's golden jubilee, but also to revert back to the shield design. The 2002 shield design has been redrawn byTimothy Noad, a herald painter at the College of Arms
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 (1966), Raphael Maklouf (1985) and most recently, existing portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley (1998)



Specifications


Sources

Composition: 91.67% Gold
8.33% Copper
Gold Content: 0.2354 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 7.9881 grams
Size: 21.5 mm
Reverse: Timothy Noad
Obverse: Ian Rank-Broadley
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The Gold Sovereign
Golden Jubilee Edition

Michael A Marsh
2002
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