This is the 1997 Gold Proof Sovereign 4-Coin Set. The collection includes the gold sovereign, half sovereign and quintuple sovereign, along with the two pound coin, in this case a gold proof version of the first bi-metallic £2 coin.
1997 saw the introduction of a new bi-metallic £2 coin for circulation. Appropriately the new coin is included in this three coin gold proof set. The circulation version of the new coin has a gold coloured nickel brass outer disc, with a silvery coloured cupro-nickel inner. The gold version retains the bi-metallic theme by having a centre of yellow gold within an outer disc of rose gold.
For those who are interested in technical information, and wonder about the difference between the two different gold alloys used, we will give a brief explanation.
As you will know, pure gold is yellow. When it is alloyed with other metals, the colour of the resulting alloy will be different, and sometimes quite unpredictable from the layman's viewpoint. All the coins in this set are made of 22 carat gold, this means 22 parts out of 24 parts by weight. Expressed in parts per thousand, 22 carat is 916.6 parts per 1,000. The other 2 parts per 24 can be any other metal, but are usually copper, silver, or a mixture of the two. If all the balance is copper, the final alloy will have a very red colour, if all silver, then the resulting colour would be very yellow, almost green. By balancing the proportions finely, a range of colours can be produced between the two extremes.
Raphael Maklouf created the third coin portrait of ELIZABETH II which appears on the obverse of this coin with the inscription:
ELIZABETH II DEI·GRA·REG·F·D.
Benedetto Pistrucci first designed the engraving of St George and the dragon in 1817. It is featured on the reverse of the quintuple sovereign, full sovereign and half sovereign in this set with the £2 coin featuring a design, depicting the history of technological achievement, by Bruce Rushin.
|Denomination||Diameter (mm)||Weight (grams)||Actual Gold Weight (troy ounces)||Description|
|Five Pounds||36.02||39.94||1.1771||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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