RARE!! GREAT BRITAIN ENGLAND SOVEREIGN GOLD COIN 1981 PROOF
Specification: Composition: 916.7 Gold 83.3 Copper - Diameter: 22.05 mm - Weight: 7.988 grams/.257 troy ounce
History of the Coin: The sovereign is one of the world’s best known gold coins. In its modern form it was first struck in 1817 during the reign of King George II taking its name from a handsome twenty schilling gold coin introduced in 1489 by King Henry VII.
The reverse depicts the classic portrayal by Benedetto Pistrucci of St. George on horseback slaying the dragon. This design appeared on all of the sovereigns of George II and has featured on all sovereigns since 1887.
The obverse depicts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II based on the fine Arnold Machin portrait that has been used on most UK coins since 1986.
In 1981 the Royal Mint issued a maximum of 50,000 proof sovereigns for worldwide distribution. These proofs can be distinguished from their circulating counterparts by the exquisite frosted relief and the highly polished table. Proof coins are struck using specially selected blanks and highly polished dies that strike the coin blank with extra firm pressure, resulting in extra sharp detail.
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