The 1992 gold proof set features the third portrait of the Queen, as used from 1985 to 1997 inclusive on most British coins, but it is only the third 4 coin gold proof set, the first being 1985, to share this obverse design together with the classic Saint George and Dragon reverse design. The gold plated medallion comes with the design of a monkey.
See the rest of the 1992 Sovereign Collection.
The issue quantity was less than a quarter of the 1985 issue. The issue limit placed on the 1992 set was 1,250 and only 1,165 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. The medallion included in the 1992 sets has a monkey on the reverse to mark the Chinese lunar year of the monkey.
According to the certificate which accompanies this set:
The 1992 gold four-coin collection contains a half-sovereign, sovereign, double-sovereign and five pound piece, each struck in 22 carat gold to the finest Proof quality.
The sovereign was first struck as a coin of the realm in 1489 during the reign of Henry VII. It was a magnificent coin deliberately created to convey the majesty and dignity of the English Throne and was duly struck in turn by each of the Tudor monarchs. Shortly after his accession to the throne, however, James I brought the issue of the sovereign to an end and it did not appear for another 200 years until the coinage was reformed by George III in 1817. The new coin bore on its reverse a George and dragon of classical beauty by Benedetto Pistrucci, a design now acclaimed throughout the world as a masterpiece of numismatic art. Its companion pieces, the half-sovereign, double-sovereign, and the large five-pound coin, have, over the years, often joined the sovereign in a Proof set for collectors.
Each of the coins in this collection features Pistrucci's St. George and the dragon on its reverse, while the shared obverse bears Raphael Maklouf's elegant portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II first used in 1985.
These legal tender coins have been struck to the highest Proof quality using specially polished dies. For this reason it is advisable to avoid handling the coins as fingerprints or marks will impair their delicate Proof finish.
The gold sovereigns in this set all feature the third definitive UK coin portrait of Elizabeth II by sculptor, Raphael Maklouf.
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, 1990, 1992, and 1993.
|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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