2016 Gold Proof Sovereign


To commemorate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a new one off ‘sixth’ portrait was created by James Butler for the 2016 proof sovereign.

Benedetto Pistrucci’s portrayal of St. George slaying the dragon is depicted on the reverse of the coin.

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2016 Gold Proof Sovereign

Bendetto Pistrucci’s famous portrayal of St. George slaying the dragon is depicted on the reverse of the coin.

Queen Elizabeth II’s sixth portrait can be seen on the obverse, designed by James Butler.

The sovereign is made of 22 carat gold, and weighs 7.98 grams. It contains 0.2354 ounce of fine gold.

The 2016 gold proof sovereign is housed in a Royal Mint acrylic screw top capsule, presented in its Royal Mint wooden case with outer black card box, accompanied with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity.

Only 7,500 individually boxed sixth portrait proof sovereigns were issued by the Royal Mint in 2016.

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The first modern gold proof sovereign was issued by the Royal Mint in 1979. Since then, a gold proof sovereign has been issued every year by the Royal Mint. Proof sovereigns are superior in quality compared to standard bullion sovereigns, with highly polished fields, and cameo raised portraits on the obverse and reverse. Gold proof sovereigns are released in a Royal Mint presentation case with a certificate of authenticity. Proof sovereigns often depict Benedetto Pistrucci’s famous portrayal of St George and the dragon on the reverse of the coin. The reverse design has been changed several times for special commemorative years, such as the 1989 500th anniversary of the sovereign, and the 2002 Golden Jubilee.

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