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- Contains 7.32 g of .917 (22 carat) gold
- The flagship coin of the British Royal Mint
- Reverse carries the well-loved George and the Dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci
- Obverse features Jody Clark's 'fifth portrait' of HM Queen Elizabeth II
The latest edition of the Royal Mint's flagship coin, the 2018 Elizabeth II Gold Sovereign is a worthy addition to any portfolio or collection. Each coin contains 7.32 grams of .917 fine gold and features the famous portrait of Saint George slaying the dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci.
Gold Sovereigns are one of the Royal Mint's most famous products along with Gold and Silver Britannia coins. Considered by many to be the mint's flagship coin, they have strong Royal connections and are proven to retain their value even during periods of economic instability. The classic St. George and the Dragon design is based on one of the most enduring tales from British mythology and it was commissioned by Master of the Mint, William Wellesley-Pole for the launch of the Sovereign in 1817.
The design has been used regularly ever since and, although there were mixed reactions when it made its debut, it's highly popular today. 2018 Elizabeth II Gold Sovereign are produced by the Royal Mint at its base in Llantrisant, Wales and they are struck from the same gold and copper alloy as their predecessors – 11 parts 22 carat (91⅔%) gold and one-part copper. Copper gives the Gold Sovereign its unique color and makes the coins more durable and dent resistant.