The Royal Mint has launched (29th September) the 2011 £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Gold Coin, the last – and largest – of the 2011 Gold Sovereign collection. From September 2011 this rare and beautiful coin, struck in 22 carat gold, (.917 fine) will be available to purchase directly from the Royal Mint.
The Sovereign features on the obverse, Her Majesty the Queen’s portrait designed by acclaimed sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, FRBS, whose effigy of the monarch has appeared on UK and Commonwealth circulating coins since 1998. On the reverse, a magnificent rendition of classical engraver Benedetto Pistrucci’s renowned design of St George slaying the dragon, which first appeared on the £5 gold coin denomination in 1820, becoming synonymous with British coinage ever since. Staying true to the original detail and process of craftsmanship, the Royal Mint’s present engraving team used original tools from the 1820s and 1870s. Through a careful process the Royal Mint’s workshop created new tools, to sharpen the original masterpiece, accurately reflecting the detail and relief of Pistrucci’s artistry across every coin in the 2011 Sovereign range.
Containing as much gold as five single Sovereigns, the £5 gold Brilliant Uncirculated coin is the largest in the family of Royal Mint Sovereigns, (1.1770 oz) befitting its status as an iconic, respected and instantly recognizable coin across the world, synonymous with Britain itself. Originally created by Royal edict from King Henry VII in an effort to develop “a new money of gold” reflecting the dignity, stability and prestige of his kingdom, this most admired of coins acquired the nickname “Sovereign” for its supreme size and value.
A new Sovereign series redesign is planned by the Royal Mint to commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the 2011 £5 gold coin is the last mintage of the traditional Pistrucci design until 2013, making it a key issue in the coin’s history. A maximum of 1,000 £5 gold coins will be struck to Brilliant Uncirculated quality. The limited edition 2011 coin is the only £5 gold to be made available as a single coin in its own presentation case, and not as part of a collection.
The 2011 £5 gold Brilliant Uncirculated coin weighs 39.94 grams of .917 fine gold with a diameter of 36 mm. It is accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity and is housed in a luxurious walnut-veneer presentation case.
For ordering information on this and other coins available, please visit the Royal Mint’s website at www.royalmint.com.