2000-2015 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Sovereigns BUNC + Capsulated with Luxury Case
Queen Elizabeth II 1952-
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926)[a] is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. Elizabeth was born in London, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and she was educated privately at home. Her father ascended the throne on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the heir presumptive. She began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1947, she married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, with whom she has four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Elizabeth has occasionally faced republican sentiments and press criticism of the royal family, in particular after the breakdown of her children's marriages, her annus horribilis in 1992, and the death in 1997 of her former daughter-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales. However, in the United Kingdom, support for the monarchy has been and remains consistently high, as does her personal popularity.
Queen Elizabeth II Gold Sovereigns 2000-2015
Capsulated within Luxury Case
Queen facing right wearing a tiara, initials IRB. denoting designer Ian Rank-Broadley raised below truncation. St.George mounted with sword attacking the dragon, streamer flowing from St George's helmet. The date appears below the exergue line at the bottom with the letters B.P. to the right.
After producing only the proof sovereigns from 1983-1999, the Royal Mint returned to the production of the circulation sovereign, and it has remained ever present since. 2002 saw the one off special design shield reverse coin, 2005 features a contemporary George & Dragon reverse with 2012 again seeing a new reverse design. Most years feature the classic Pistrucci reverse with the Ian Rank-Broadley Queen Elizabeth II obverse running from 2000-2015.
Special design Reverses :
2002: Shield design based on the original Victorian (1838-1887) Ensigns Armorial with plain shield surrounded by laurel leaves and crown. The initials TN denoting designer Timothy Noad placed within laurel leaves to the right of the shield.
2005: Contemporary design of St George slaying the dragon with sword and carrying shield. Design by Timothy Noad although his initials do not appear on the coin. The date below wing of the dragon slightly to the left of center.
2012: The design by Sculptor 'Paul Day' was the winning entry in the Royal Mints competition. The depiction of George& Dragon shows the Dragon in a fiercer light.
The example you will receive will be 'uncirculated' - and will have been struck at the Royal mint's HQ at Liantrisant, Cardiff, Wales, after the closure of the Tower Mint in London in 1975.
These date examples are ideal as presents or will allow entire date run series to be collected at a pace which suits buyers. Please note the full set of 16 Sovereigns is also available in this listing without presentation box.
- Weight: 7.98g / Diameter: 22.05mm
- Obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley
- Featuring Reverse design of St George & the dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci
- Except 2002 Timothy Noad Shield Reverse / 2005 Contemporary Reverse /
- 2012 Paul Day Romanticised St George Dragon design.
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