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Royal Mint Issues Limited Edition Five Sovereign Piece 2016


The Royal Mint is to release a strictly limited-edition of 500 Five-Sovereign Piece 2016 Brilliant Uncirculated coins for connoisseurs of The Sovereign to add to their collection. The largest coin in the Sovereign range, The Five-Sovereign Piece 2016 bears Benedetto Pistrucci’s classic St George and the dragon reverse design.

5sov_boxThe Five-Sovereign Piece 2016 is struck to Brilliant Uncirculated standard and contains almost 40 grammes of 22-carat gold – five times the weight of gold as The Sovereign. The coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

The Coin and Its Designer

The Sovereign is The Royal Mint’s flagship coin. Its iconic reverse design of St George and the dragon is a familiar and widely recognised symbol of strength and continuity that has appeared regularly ever since it was first introduced in 1817. The classical representation of the legend was created by Benedetto Pistrucci, and is regarded a numismatic masterpiece.


Five-Sovereign gold coin 2016 specification table, courtesy The Royal Mint

From The Royal Mint’s website:

The coin of the monarch

This year Her Majesty The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday, becoming the first British monarch to reach this remarkable milestone. Following this momentous occasion The Royal Mint issues The Five-Sovereign Piece 2016, a coin long associated with royalty and the most imposing of The Sovereign family. The first Five-sovereign piece was dated 1820 and features the portrait of George III. The coin would become a coronation tradition, struck to honour each new monarch as they ascended the British throne.

Featuring Italian gem engraver Bendetto Pistrucci’s classic St George and the dragon design, this 2016 edition combines modern minting techniques with Georgian era authenticity. The coin has been struck using tools remastered from the originals, almost certainly worked on by Pistrucci himself, and reflects the styling of the original pattern piece of 1820 with Pistrucci’s name unusually written in full. Containing 40 grammes of 22 carat gold and struck to Brilliant Uncirculated standard, this imposing coin marks a year that featured another landmark moment to celebrate during Her Majesty’s long and eventful reign.


The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 the Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on Tower Hill in London. In 1967, the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage. Today, the Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.

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