The 1990 gold proof sovereign 4-coin set features the third portrait of the Queen, as used from 1985 to 1997 inclusive on most British coins, but it is only the second four coin gold proof set (the other being 1985) to share this obverse design together with the classic Saint George and Dragon reverse design.
The four gold coins included in this collection are the gold sovereign and half sovereign, along with the two pound coin, often called a double sovereign, and a five pound gold coin.
See the rest of the 1990 Sovereign Collection.
The only other four coin gold proof sets of the same type, with the Saint George and Dragon design and the third portrait, were issued in 1985, 1991, 1992, and 1993.
The issue quantity was less than one third of the 1985 issue. The issue limit placed on the 1990 set was 2,500 and only 1,721 were issued. There were 5,849 of the 1985 sets issued.
In 1990, the four coin gold proof set packaging was redesigned, and changed to a red leather box, and for the first time, a gold-plated medallion was including, with a crowned "Elizabeth R" above the date, and on the reverse of the medallion, a horse represents the Chinese year of the horse, in their 12 year cycle.
The gold sovereigns in this set all feature the third definitive UK coin portrait of Elizabeth II by sculptor, Raphael Maklouf.
Benedetto Pistrucci first designed the engraving of St George and the dragon in 1817. It is featured on the reverse of all of the coins in this set.
|Denomination||Diameter (mm)||Weight (grams)||Actual Gold Weight (troy ounces)||Description|
|Five Pounds||36.02||39.94||1.1771||St. George & Dragon|
|Two Pounds||28.40||15.98||0.4708||St. George & Dragon|
|Sovereign (Pound)||22.05||7.98||0.2354||St. George & Dragon|
|Half Sovereign (Fifty Pence)||19.30||3.99||0.1177||St. George & Dragon|
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