• First Portrait of Her Majesty by Mary Gillick Alongside the Iconic St. George and the Dragon Reverse Design by Benedetto Pistrucci
    Obverse and Reverse Design
  • First Portrait of Her Majesty by Mary Gillick Alongside the Iconic St. George and the Dragon Reverse Design by Benedetto Pistrucci
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Gold Sovereign Best Value Elizabeth II First Portrait Bullion Coin

The Gold Sovereign Best Value Bullion Coin featuring Queen Elizabeth II's First Portrait is an excellent choice for investors and collectors seeking low-premium gold sovereigns with the first UK definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty.

You will receive Elizabeth II first portrait sovereign gold coins from the years 1953 to 1968.

  • Manufactured by The Royal Mint
  • 22 carat gold / 0.9167 fineness
  • Contains 0.2354 troy ounce of the precious metal
  • Exempt from Capital Gains Tax & VAT
  • Weight: 7.98g
  • Diameter: 22.05mm

These coins are supplied loose. Protect your gold investment by using a 22.5mm coin capsule, presentation case or gift box to ensure that your coin remains in great condition.

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Royal Mint Official Partner

Chards is an official partner of The Royal Mint. Our best value Sovereign gold coin range, among other Royal Mint products, are sourced directly from their mint headquarters in Llantrisant, Wales.

Legacy of Mary Gillick

Born in Nottingham in 1881, Mary Gillick, designer of Queen Elizabeth II first portrait, studied at the city’s High School for Girls from 1890 to 1898, progressing to the art school until 1902 and perfected her craft as a scholar under Lanteri at the Royal College of Art from 1902 to 1904. 

Competing against 16 other artists, the elegance of Gillick’s design earned the portrait a place on the reverse of all UK coinage from 1953 to 1967, with the approachable nature of the monarch’s depiction absent of a crown being hailed as innovative and fresh by The Royal Mint Advisory Committee.  

First Coinage Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

The engraving by the sculptor, Mary Gillick, captures the grace and youth of the 26 year old new queen. In keeping with tradition, Elizabeth II faces right, her hair is brushed off her face and is rolled at the back of her head. Her hair is restrained by a laureate crown which is tied with ribbons at the back of her head. The Queen's shoulders are bare and the truncation follows the curve of the coin. This first coin portrait was used on coinage from 1953 until decimalisation in 1970.


The obverse portrait was designed by Mary Gillick. It was used on Sovereigns from 1953 until 1968.


The reverse was designed by Benedetto Pistrucci. It first appeared on Sovereign in 1817.


Weight / SizeFull
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.235
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Obverse DesignerMary Gillick
Reverse DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
Issuing Monarch Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
Terms & Delivery

Terms of Sale - Key Points

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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

Gold investment products are VAT free. Silver investment products are inclusive of VAT at the current rate unless otherwise stated.

All investment products are based on the live precious metal price. Prices will be fixed once the item has been added to the basket and recalculates just before checking out. 

If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item, it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes; therefore, some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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Delivery Information

We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows.

Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 

Orders under £60

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Royal Mail 2nd Class. Your order will normally arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery starts from £3.50.

If you wish to have your order sent by an alternative method (e.g., Saturday Guaranteed) please contact +441253343081 for more information. Please note, we will not dispatch high value orders over a bank holiday weekend.

For international delivery, please check with your local customs office for more information on custom duty and taxes.

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Postal Insurance

We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders under £1500 there is no additional fee.
  • Orders over £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to call the showroom on +441253343081 and one of our team can discuss your purchase.