1489-1989 $1 500th Anniversary of the First Gold Sovereign

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Great Britain
Year: 1989

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The coin marked a significant departure in the design of Sovereigns during Queen Elizabeth II's reign. For the first time in over a century, the reverse showcased a design other than St. George and the Dragon. Notably, the obverse featured Queen Elizabeth II seated on the coronation throne, a departure from the traditional portrait depiction.

Equally remarkable, the reverse displayed a crowned shield of the Royal Arms, positioned atop a double Tudor Rose, paying homage to the original Gold Sovereign of 1489 from Henry VII's reign.

Adding to its uniqueness, the reverse inscription boldly stated "ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOLD SOVEREIGN 1489-1989," marking the sole instance in British coin history where the term "sovereign" appeared.


Produced By: Royal Mint
Denomination: $1
Year: 1989

Diameter: 22.05 mm
Material: Gold
Fineness: 0.9167
Weight: 7.98 grams
Bullion Weight: 0.235 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II seated at her coronation
Reverse: Shield of the Royal Arms ensigned by an open Royal Crown
Artist: Bernard Sindell
Finish: Proof
Quantity Produced: 27,500
Monarch: Elizabeth II

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