Gold Sovereigns

2000 Royal Mint

22 Carat Gold

In 1997 the winner of the Royal Mints competition to design a new effigy was announced, it was sculptor and medallist Ian Rank-Broadley. His new effigy graced the collector proof versions from 1998, and in 2000 The Royal Mint resumed production of bullion gold sovereigns, the first since 1982, but with much lower mintages as they are aimed at the collector market rather than to be used strictly as bullion.


2000 Gold Sovereign Reverse

2000 Gold Sovereign Obverse
Mintage
139,961

The fifth portrait depicts a older bust of the Queen facing right and wearing a tiara, with the letters IRB below the trunctuation. Along with the introduction of the bullion sovereign came a vast reduction in mintage limits with the issue limit set at 250,000 for 2000 but lowered to 100,000 in subsequent years. First introduced in 1917, the George and Dragon reverse design is virtually unchanged since the Garter was removed on the sovereign of 1821.
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)
The dragon has still not been slain.

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: Benedetto Pistrucci
Obverse: Ian Rank-Broadley
Chard Gold Sovereigns The Royal Mint.

The Sovereign
Daniel Fearon & Brian Reeds
2001
Hilden Publications
17 Windmill Drive
Croxley Green, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

Token Publishing

The Gold Sovereign
Golden Jubilee Edition

Michael A Marsh
2002
25A St Neots Rd
Hardwick
Cambrigeshire CB3 7QH
United Kingdom


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