The five 'special reverse' gold Sovereigns
16th April 2019
The 20 shillings Sovereign was first issued during the reign of Henry VII. However, the modern Sovereign was introduced as currency by Royal Proclamation on 1 July 1817. It featured a new reverse design by Italian engraver and medallist, Benedetto Pistrucci, which depicted St George and the dragon and was deliberately intended to make the coin as distinctive as possible. This beautiful, classic design remains on gold Sovereigns today and is considered to be one of the world’s most widely recognised coins.
In 200 years, the reverse has rarely changed, with only a handful of designs appearing on The Sovereign since 1817. That said, there have been some unique and beautiful 'special reverses' which have featured on modern gold sovereigns.
The Fab Five in Detail
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