1989 sovereigns did not use the traditional St. George and Dragon reverse design.
Instead to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first gold sovereign for Henry VII in 1489, the designs chosen for both sides of the 1989 gold coins reflected the designs originally used five centuries ago.
The three other British 1989 Sovereign denominations are £5, £2 and half sovereign, all with the same commemorative designs as the sovereign.
1989 proof sovereigns were issued separately, in three coin proof sets, and in four coin proof sets.
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