Buy the 2017 Proof Piedfort Sovereign - 200th Anniversary of the Modern Sovereign
The first piedfort sovereign in over 500 years. Struck in 22 carat gold, this proof coin features a remastered version of the original St George and the Dragon garter design by Benedetto Pistrucci which appeared on the 1817 George III sovereign.
The coin has the same diameter as the proof sovereign, however it is twice the thickness and twice the weight.
The proof piedfort sovereign comes displayed in a wooden presentation box, along with a certificate of authenticity. It has a mintage of just 3,500 coins.
The obverse features the fifth definitive UK coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark, his initials JC are below the truncation. This is the first time since 1887 that the date has been featured on the obverse of the coin. The obverse legend reads ELIZABETH II·DEI·GRA·REG·FID·DEF·2017.
A remastered version of the 1817 iconic St George and the Dragon engraving is featured on the reverse of the coin. The design, by Italian engraver, Benedetto Pistrucci, features the garter border, which has not appeared on sovereigns since 1820.
The garter inscription on the St. George and the Dragon reverse reads "Honi soit qui mal y pense", which is French for "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it". This is the motto of the Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry in the UK.
|Alloy||22 carat gold|
|Actual Gold Weight||0.5605 troy ounces|
|Obverse Designer||Jody Clark|
|Reverse Designer||Benedetto Pistrucci|
|Mint||The Royal Mint|
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